Apple Inc. will soon start assembling iPhones in India for the first time, say government officials familiar with its plans, boosting the company’s chances of gaining a foothold in the fast-growing market. Along with iPhone SE, it also appears like Apple will be assembling iPhone 6 and 6S models in India in the next few weeks.
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. will start making iPhone 6 and 6S models in India in the next four-to-six weeks at its plant in Bangalore, said an official of the southern state of Karnataka where the tech hub is located. It will add Apple’s cheapest iPhone model, the SE, to its assembly line in about three months, the official said, reports Business Standard.
“Almost all preparations have been done for launching Apple’s first phase project in Bangalore through Wistron,” the official told The Wall Street Journal.
“We’ve been working hard to develop our operations in India,” an Apple spokeswoman said. “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we’ve had with government about further expanding our local operations.” A Wistron spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on “rumor or speculation.”
Apple’s devices are priced relatively higher in India when compared to other markets and the company realises that. Thus, they have been attempting at chalking out a plan with the Indian government to ensure that the device’s prices drop somehow. If Apple were to start manufacturing iPhones in India then the prices would drop by at least $100 (Rs 6,000-7,000).
"Apple is closely working with [the] government to move forward with its India plans. We want Apple to manufacture in India. They are also very keen," an official who works closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, declining to be named. "We will try to accommodate as much of their demands as possible, but they too appreciate and understand our limitations."