Apple has announced that it has started making the iPhone 12 in India. This is in line with our report from last August that the smartphone would be locally produced by mid-2021. Last year’s flagship is the sixth iPhone device to be manufactured in the country after the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE 2016
The Cupertino based tech giant is ramping up its manufacturing efforts in the second-biggest smartphone market in the world. “We are proud to be starting production of iPhone 12 in India for our local customers,” Apple said in a statement.
Apple starts assembling iPhone 12 in India
Apple hasn’t revealed the supplier of the iPhone 12 in India. However, sources familiar with the matter said that the company’s third-party manufacturer Foxconn is assembling the device at its plant in Tamil Nadu. The local production of the 2020 flagship has happened within six months of the launch back in October. It will help Apple eliminate import duties and taxes.
It’s worth noting that the local assembly of the iPhone 12 doesn’t mean that the smartphone will get a price cut immediately. However, it is expected to be cheaper later this year. Following the news of iPhone 12 production in India, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad Prasad in a tweet appreciated the efforts to make India a big hub of mobile and component manufacturing. He also added that the local production will create job opportunities in the country.
Apple has been shifting its manufacturing from China to India and other countries due to the US-China trade war. The brand’s three suppliers i.e. Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron have together committed $900 million to manufacture iPhones in the country over five years.