In interesting turn of events, Apple has now started “manufacturing” the iPhone 11 in India, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Friday. This new development arrives just a little over nine months after the Cupertino giant established the assembly line for the iPhone XR in the country. Amongst several other benefits, the key one would be that the local assembly of the iPhone 11 would help the company steer clear of a 20 percent tax required to be paid for importing the handset from its global manufacturing facilities. Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron are the current suppliers of Apple for its iPhone models who are making huge investments in the Indian market.
“Significant boost to Make in India!” Goyal said in the tweet. “Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country.”
India has become an epicentre market for all smartphone vendors, with due credit to the fact that it already has over 50 crore smartphone users. Smartphone manufacturers including Samsung and Xiaomi have already invested plenty of resources in the country to meet the growing demands of Indian consumers. This expansion of consumer demand has lately attracted Apple and its suppliers as well.
Sometime earlier in July, Foxconn, which is a leading supplier for iPhone and other Apple devices, reportedly planned to invesdt upto $ 1 Billion (roughly 7,491 crores) to expand its India factory where it assembles iPhone models. The second-largest iPhone assembler after FoxconnPegatron— Pegatron was also reported to make some investment in the country and setup a local subsidiary in the near future.
Apple started its domestic manufacturing in India in May 2017 by locally producing the iPhone SE. That process took place at Wistron's Bengaluru facility. Nevertheless, the Tim Cook-led team later expanded its local manufacturing to Foxconn's facilities in the country.
Last year in October, Apple started building the iPhone XR locally in the country. In a recent report, the firm hinted that it would also soon expand its range of India-made iPhone models by starting producing the iPhone SE (2020) domestically at one of its supplier facilities