Apple to start making high-end iPhones in India next year

Apple to start making high-end iPhones in India next year

Apple to start making high-end iPhones in India next year

Foxconn has been assembling lower-end iPhones, including the iPhone SE, in India.

The majority of Apple's iPhones are manufactured in Foxconn's Longhua Science and Technology Park in Shenzhen, China.

If this goes ahead, it will help Apple manufacture more iPhone models in India, helping them meet 30% requirement of locally-manufactured products in order to get clearance for opening retail stores in the country. However, the report by CIRP claims 32% of the iPhones sold in the first month of this year were iPhone XR models, while iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max jointly made up 35% of Apple's market share. Apple is said to be investing INR25 billion (~RM1.48 billion) to expand the plant, which will also create as many as 25000 jobs. The U.S. and China are at odds over trade and there has been some suggestion that if a full-blown trade war between the countries erupts, tariffs on iPhones could drive Apple's prices up significantly.

The Hindu recently reported it, wherein the newspaper underlined that Foxconn plant would be initiating the production of several iPhones. On the other hand, the combined sales from Android users of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus was 12 percent. This number was 12 percent previous year after iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released in September 2017 and 11 percent when the revolutionary iPhone X was shipped in November 2017.

"It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users,", said Mike Levin from the market-research firm CIRP.

Full details of Apple's deal with Hon Hai are not yet clear and could change.

No doubt, Apple is seeing a decline in its overall sales volumes across the world.

It should be noted that it's now unknown whether Foxconn is planning to move its existing iPhone assembly from China to India.

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