Foxconn to Start Commercial Production of iPhone X in India from July

Posted by Rajesh Pandey on Apr 11, 2019 in iPhone News, News

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Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn will start the mass production of the iPhone X for Apple in India from July. The production will take place in Foxconn’s production facility outside of Chennai.

The report cites that Foxconn will start manufacturing the iPhone X range for Apple so it is unclear if it is only talking about the iPhone X or other devices as well like the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

“Foxconn will begin with the iPhoneX (range) from the Chennai plant. The plans are to step up production capacity and diversify to even higher models going forward,” said an official privy to the company’s plans, on conditions of anonymity.

A report from earlier this month had claimed that Foxconn was weeks away from starting the trial production of iPhone X in India. Apple’s other manufacturing partner, Wistron, has already started producing the iPhone 7 locally in the country.

Foxconn is reportedly investing $300 million to set up iPhone X production facility in India. It will look to scale up production and its investment depending on the demand, the incentives Apple receives from the next Indian government for manufacturing iPhones locally in India, and more.

Our Take

Apple has recently taken a number of steps to help improve its presence and sales in India. It reduced the iPhone XR price in the country by almost 25 percent thereby making it better poised to compete against the likes of the Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 Pro, and other new Android flagships.

The local manufacturing of the iPhone X and newer iPhones in India will also benefit Apple as it will allow the company to save up on customs duties. This, in turn, will allow it to price its handsets more sensibly in the country which in turn should help the poor iPhone sales in India.

[Via Economic Times]

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