Apple Partner Foxconn Nears Trial Production of Latest iPhones in India

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iPhone assembler Foxconn is close to trialing production of Apple's latest smartphones in India, according to a new report out today from Bloomberg.

The trial run of the iPhone X range of devices would come before Foxconn starts full-scale assembly at its factory outside the southern city of Chennai, the people said, asking not to be identified as the plans are private. Wistron Corp. already produces older models, such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7, at a plant in Bangalore.
Foxconn has been considering expanding its production plants in India as a way to diversify its supply chain away from China, where most of the Taiwan-based firm's facilities currently reside. Apple currently manufactures most of its iPhones through Foxconn, but the latter's growing India base provides security in the face of Apple's vulnerability to rising U.S.-China tensions over trade and technology.

Manufacturing iPhones in India could also help Apple lower prices by allowing it to avoid a tariff that adds 20 percent to devices imported from China. It could also help Apple meet India's 30 percent local sourcing requirement that would allow the company to open its own retail stores in the country.

Apple's market share in the country dropped to about one percent in 2018, from about two percent the previous year, as the phones' higher prices deter customers. Consumers in India bought more than 140 million smartphones last year but just 1.7 million of those were sold by Apple, with users favoring cheaper homegrown models from the likes of Xiaomi.

Late last year it was reported that Foxconn would invest around $356 million to expand its facilities in India to begin assembling Apple's high-end iPhones.

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BigBoy2018

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Apple should produce a new show for their TV content that explores the lives and working conditions of their Foxconn workers in India.

Now that would turn some heads.
 
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Ramchi

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If they could match the Android flagship prices, Apple can have dream run.... people won't mind paying little premium on top of that. But currently prices are over the rooftop for anyone to even consider buying. There are way too many Android mid-rangers taking over Android flagship (OnePlus, Honor, Xiomi, Huawei) with top tier specs. For example, Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T offering best value for money in comparison with S10+, Mate 20 Pro or Pixel 3 XL.

Hope localised manufacturing gives Apple an edge and increase their presence. There are way too many services with good content can generate revenue. Apple should not approach this market like other well developed ones....

Even Dual SIM implementation is not good enough where you can't use dual apps like iMessages or WhatsApp which is a very common thing in such markets.

Wishing Apple all the very best!
 

racerhomie

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Very exciting times for Apple fans in India. The iPad has already 39% Indian tablet marketshare. Hopefully apple gets 7-10% of the smartphone market within a year or 2.
 

Classie

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Apple should produce a new show for their TV content that explores the lives and working conditions of their Foxconn workers in India.

Now that would turn some heads.
I think this applies to all production in China. People have no idea about the conditions in factories - not saying that it’s horrible; just very different from the workplace we’re used to.
 
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Sasparilla

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This'll be good in getting tarriff's knocked off their phones in India - should result in serious discounts from the current prices. I think alot of the droid manufacturers already do this for phones they want to sell there in large quantities. Hopefully that'll get'm a good bump in sales there...but we'll see.
 

pratikindia

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This'll be good in getting tarriff's knocked off their phones in India - should result in serious discounts from the current prices. I think alot of the droid manufacturers already do this for phones they want to sell there in large quantities. Hopefully that'll get'm a good bump in sales there...but we'll see.
Yes. All Android flagships are manufactured in India and that's why they have kept the price in check.