Apple has started making iPhone 11 locally in India at the Foxconn plant near Chennai. This is the first time Apple is making the top of the line iPhone in India. The news was confirmed by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal through a tweet. This step will boost Government’s “Make In India” initiative.
This development comes after almost nine after Apple started assembling iPhone Xs in India. It is also reported that Apple will also make the iPhone SE 2020 in India too at the Wistron facility in Bengaluru. There are plans to produce the iPhone 11 Pro models at Foxconn, Chennai too. This step will help in Apple saving 22% in import duties per device.
In the past, Apple has manufactured the iPhone Xs, iPhone SE (2016), and the iPhone 7 in India. Apple has not made any price cut of the iPhone 11 in India yet. As it is still selling iPhone 11 made in China. But we can hope for a price cut in the near future. Apple is also reportedly planning to ramp up production in phases to begin exporting the iPhone 11 from India.
Apple is ramping up producing in India as it wants to diversify its supply chain from China. Recently Foxconn reportedly planned to invest $1 billion in India. While Apple’s other manufacturer Pegatron is also looking to expand its factory in India and it has also set up a subsidiary in India recently.