Apple began its manufacturing journey in India with the iPhone SE two years ago in partnership Taiwanese company Wistron at its Bengaluru facility. The Cupertino-based tech giant then moved to build iPhone 6s, and more recently the iPhone 7 locally, giving a boost to the Make in India initiative.
Now a new report by Economic Times claims that the iPhone X will be made in India from July 2019. The device will be the fourth in company’s portfolio to be assembled in the country, but this time by manufacturing giant Foxconn. Reports suggest that the Wistron facility will assemble older devices, while Foxconn will manufacture newer models.
“Foxconn will begin with the iPhone X (range) from the Chennai plant. The plans are to step up production capacity and diversify to even higher models going forward,” an official aware of the company’s plans told the publication.
Apple is reportedly looking to turn India into a manufacturing hub and export iPhone models globally. The company is also witnessing declining shares in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. With current government offering various incentives under Make in India campaign, Apple will look for a sustained increase in manufacturing process
However, even with local manufacturing, Apple isn’t expected to drop the price of iPhone X, as was the case with the iPhone 7.