Apple Now Assembling iPhone 11 in India, Yet No Price Cut: Report
Apple already assembles the iPhone SE 2020 in India.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that Apple has started manufacturing its highest-selling model iPhone 11 in India which is a significant boost to the Make in India initiative.
In a tweet, the minister said: "Significant boost to Make in India! Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country".
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad also reacted to the development calling it a “humble beginning.”
Retail sources told IANS on Friday that there are a few ‘Assembled in India' units that have reached their stores. According to them, lockdown delayed the assembled iPhone 11 units but now, there has been an increase in the supply.
However, there is no price cut and the MRP on locally assembled iPhone 11s remains the same as earlier, they added.
This comes as a shock as many expected making the device locally would bring the device cost down as it’ll help Apple avoid a 22 percent tax that it is needed to be paid for importing the handset from its global manufacturing facilities.
Currently, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 are being assembled by Foxconn at its Chennai manufacturing plant while iPhone 7 is being assembled by Wistron in Bengaluru.
Original iPhone SE and iPhone 6s were assembled by Wistron but those were discontinued in 2019.
Apple is also reportedly planning to assemble its new iPhone SE in India. The iPhone maker has already asked one of its suppliers in China to start shipping components for the iPhone SE 2020 to its manufacturing partner Wistron in India, reports AppleInsider.
This news comes at a time when the Indian government has also started an initiative to increase manufacturing in the country.
Apple is reportedly seeking to shift roughly a fifth of existing China-based output to India. Foxconn is also planning to invest up to $1 billion to expand its India operations.
Pegatron, the second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn, is also reportedly planning to invest in the country.
Apple started assembling phones in India back in 2017 and with the iPhone SE. Currently, the company commands just 1 percent of the Indian smartphone market but is a strong contender in the premium segment.
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