Apple Begins iPhone 11 Production in India

Apple Begins iPhone 11 Production in India”

Potentially trying to reduce its dependence on China, Apple has started producing its flagship iPhone in the Indian city of Chennai.

Currently, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 are being assembled by Foxconn in Chennai, while iPhone 7 is being made by another partner, Wistron, in Bengaluru. It may also consider exporting this India-produced iPhone 11 to the rest of the world. "Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country", wrote Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Twitter. Besides that, the device might carry on the A14 Bionic chipset that would appear on the iPhone 12 series later this year, alongside 4GB of RAM and FaceID instead of using back TouchID like the iPhone SE 2020.

Assembling mobile handsets in India allows smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, to avoid nearly 20 percent import duty that the Indian government levies on imported electronics. It is being seen as a boost to the Make in India initiative.

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Reports have emerged that Apple is about to take a major step towards diversifying its key production centres away from China, starting with India. The new development comes just a little over nine months after the Cupertino giant started the assembly line for the iPhone XR in the country.

Sources told TechCrunch that a number of India-made iPhone 11 devices had already been distributed to local retail stores, but there is now limited output.

Apple plans to launch its online store in India in a few months and open its first brick-and-mortar retail store next year, chief executive Tim Cook announced earlier this year. Apple has also been the least impacted smartphone maker in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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