Marking the start of a new initiative, Apple has started manufacturing of one of its flagship devices, the iPhone 11 in India. The manufacturing is at Chennai’s Foxconn plant. This is the first time Apple has manufactured a top-of-the-line model in India.
This is considered to be a major win for the govt’s Aatamnirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) initiative. The announcement was done by Commerce and Industry Minister of India, Piyush Goyal through his official twitter handle on Friday.
Goyal wrote, “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.”
The new development comes just a little over nine months after the Cupertino giant started the assembly line for the iPhone XR in the country. The local assembly of the iPhone 11 would help the company avoid a 20 percent tax that it is needed to pay for importing the handset from its global manufacturing facilities.
The iPhone XR manufacturing started in India in 2019. In 2017, Apple had started the domestic manufacturing of the Apple iPhone SE 2016 in the Bangalore plant.
Apple has Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron as the suppliers for its iPhone models that all are presently making huge investments in the Indian market. It has plans to make the iPhone SE 2020 in India in its Wistron plant near Bangalore.
India has become an important market for all smartphone vendors, thanks to the fact that it already has over 50 crore smartphone users. Companies including Samsung and Xiaomi have already invested plenty of resources in the country to meet the growing demands of Indian consumers. The expansion of consumer demand has lately attracted Apple and its suppliers as well.
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