It has long been rumored that Apple was interested in manufacturing iPhones in India. It has been working out the details of this arrangement with the country’s government over the past few months. It looks like the two parties have now reached an understanding which will allow the company to start producing iPhones in India. And within two months as well. They are wasting no time.
It looks like the iPhone will be produced at a Wistron plant based in Bangalore. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the first Apple products to be manufactured at this plant in Bangalore will be the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE will also hit the production line in about three months.
“Almost all preparations have been done for launching Apple’s first phase project in Bangalore through Wistron,” said a government official in the report. Apple’s plan to take a big chunk of India’s smartphone market is now underway. Right now it accounts for only about five percent of the market. Also, Apple has to pay significant import tariffs on iPhones that it sells in India from elsewhere because they’re not manufactured in the country. So making them locally makes sense for the company financially.
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