Apple will start mass producing its iPhones in India from this year onward. The Cupertino giant is making a shift of the company’s production units of iPhones from China to India and will give “Foxconn Technology” the contract of manufacturing Apple models in the country, as reported by Bloomberg.
The group Chairman of the Taiwanese manufacturing company, Terry Gou said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to India to talk, as the company is planning to expand its business in the country. Currently, Apple has been producing the older versions of iPhone models in Bengaluru India, but will now start manufacturing the newest models in the country as well.
Earlier this month it was reported that Foxconn Technology will start trials of producing iPhone X and iPhone 7 models in India before full-scale production launch in its factory in Chennai. But the Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou made the news official during an event in Taiwan. He said;
“In the future, we will play a very important role in India’s smartphone industry, as we have moved our production lines there.”
The shift in the mass production of iPhones is likely to affect the relationship of Apple with China, as China has been its production hub for years working with Foxconn and other partner companies. But as China and the US engage in a trade battle, it seems like a wise decision by the Cupertino company to find a third market to focus on.
India’s smartphone market is growing rapidly, and with the Chinese competitors like Xiaomi offering advanced features at the low price range, Apple is continuously losing its market in the country. By manufacturing the latest models in India, Apple will have a slight advantage as it will dodge the extra 20% import duty tax on its latest models.