Apple will manufacture high-end iPhones in India in 2019

Apple will manufacture high-end iPhones in India in 2019

The Taiwanese company had chosen its plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in the town of Sriperumbudur, to do the work, according to the report.

Importantly, Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, the source said, potentially taking Apple's business in India to a new level. Moreover, Foxconn - a Taiwanese company is already manufacturing smartphones for Xiaomi. Due to import taxes, an iPhone XS 64GB now costs $1421 Dollars in India! The report also highlighted that this investment would be creating approximately 25,000 employment opportunities.

Apple's decision to manufacture iPhones in India likely stems from the ramifications of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, started by President Donald Trump earlier this year.

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

The Hindu newspaper first reported on December 24 that the Foxconn plant would begin manufacturing various models of the iPhone.

Last year, iPhone loyalists made up 86 percent of upgrades, while only 11 percent of buyers were previously on Android.

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Still, it could potentially get Foxconn to make the older iPhone X version in India where it sells cheaper models in a bid to get a bigger share of the world's fastest growing major mobile phone market.

According to a survey conducted in the United States by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), more smartphone users switched from Android ecosystem to the iOS this year than past two years.

Moreover, it is also not clear if any iPhone assembly is being shifted to existing Foxconn facilities in China or somewhere else. With that said, it's unclear if this means all production of iPhones have been shifted from China to India, or if the Indian manufacturing line is merely acting as a supplement.

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Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment.

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