Apple to Start Assembling iPhone SE Handsets in India in the Coming Months

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is to set to begin ramping up assembly of the iPhone SE at its Bangalore manufacturing plant in India in the coming months, sources said on Friday (via Reuters).

    Last month, Apple agreed a deal with the Indian government to commence manufacturing operations in the Karnataka-based facility, with Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron reportedly winning the contract to set up the plant and focus on assembling Apple's phones.


    That groundwork now appears to have paid off, with Wistron almost ready to begin assembling the lower-priced iPhone SE model and kick-start Apple's local production in India, home to the world's fastest growing major mobile market.

    Recently, Apple has been in talks with the Indian federal government in relation to possible tax concessions if it agreed to manufacture its phones locally. However, industry sources with knowledge of the matter say the initial manufacturing of the iPhone SE is not contingent on any such concessions.

    The Economic Times reported on Friday that Apple planned to initially assemble 300,000 to 400,000 iPhone SE handsets in India, but an industry source told Reuters the numbers would be substantially lower to begin with. The source also said it's too early to say what other iPhone models would be assembled at the Bengalore plant.

    The move comes as Apple looks to offset slowing growth in China by boosting its share of the Indian mobile market, which is currently dominated by handsets far cheaper than iPhones. Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, and other players command the market there, where most phones are sold priced below 15,000 rupees ($225). The iPhone SE goes for $424 on's India site, by comparison.

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  2. dilbert99 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    I remember many on here saying Apple wouldn't be able to build phones in the US because there was no supplier chain of parts built up. I guess that isn't a valid reason any more...
  3. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    The first phones were American made with American parts and everyone was begging for a license. Look at how fast this was!!!!
  4. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Apple will end up building phones in the US. It won't be on an extremely large level, but they will end up here eventually.
  5. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    They can build here, but 100,000,000 a year? No way.
  6. julesme macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2016
    San Jose
    Will the US be the next market added for some local production?
  7. MH01 macrumors G4


    Feb 11, 2008
    Why? The only reason the Mac Pro exsits is so apple can say they are building an apple profuct in the US.

    They are never going build their most profitable product in the US, they will do a hobby catergory product for PR purposes , well in my opinion anywhere .
  8. MrGuder macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Did someone say the SE? I haven't seen an article about the SE awhile.
  9. RowellE macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2012
    They're going to be assembling the same SE as last year, or an updated version? Hoping for the latter!
  10. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Please let that be a signal that they're committing to the SE form factor for more than the next 12 months!
  11. Cineplex macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2016
    Oh, but I thought you needed local manufacturing talent? Couldn't possibly simply just start making them. F U Apple. You just can't be bothered to make iPhones in the USA.
  12. ColdShadow macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2013
    I really hope these are intended to sell in local market not global.
  13. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    The alternate headline for this article was "Apple to begin exploiting workers in India with insanely low wages making iPhone SE".

    It be nice if headlines summed up articles succinctly in an honest and informational manner like above.
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    They're only rumored to crank out less than 300K. It's for the price sensitive Indian market. They're getting the most cost effective SE that can be built. Same one from last year.

    I don't know, the SE might just turn out to be the "emerging market" phone.
  15. dominiongamma macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    No thanks I don't want lazy Americans making my iPhones and raising the prices on them just to satisfy a made in USA slogan.
  16. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Cabin by a lake
    I bet they didn't realize that India has the most national holidays of any country in the world.

    Plus a bunch of regional and religious ones.

    That removes about a month's worth of work each year.
  17. Cineplex macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2016
    When this country is a pile of crap in 20 years...remember your stance on American jobs.
  18. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    Nonsense. Yep, artificially talk down production abilities. The US (and in fact all countries) could manufacture 100,000,000 a year.
  19. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    The i in iPhone SE now stands for India ;)
  20. Storm9 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2007
    No it will only be a pile of crap outside the cities. In the cities(aka liberal areas), there will be very high paying jobs, great life styles. While the rural areas suffer. For example, look at Chicago.
    Companies are falling head over heals to relocate to downtown Chicago, McDonalds from the suburbs, Caterpillar from rural Illinois, ADM, Motorola, etc, etc.


    So at the end of the day, if you are a family in rural america, make sure to teach your kids programming. And start to look at relocating out of there before its too late.
  21. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    Actually, speak for yourself, yes, I want "lazy Americans" manufacturing iPhones, getting paid properly, working a humane number of hours each day. And and any costs associated, which there really are none, can be absorbed by the stock price and executive payments.
  22. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    True, but they do have a working Saturday though.
    Plus these are factory jobs, so they might even work on Sundays.

    This might even out with the regional and religious holidays.
  23. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    Gonna find 300,000 people to work a Foxconn plant 24/7?
    When production becomes automated any country can, but by then who will care where it's made?
  24. Asarien macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    In no universe will conglomerate executives "absorb costs."

    The price hike will be passed to the American consumer, then marketed as a great thing because the higher payments go directly towards employee health care and benefits.

    People who think any corporation will suddenly change their stance is like expecting a billionaire tax-dodger to become president to drain the swamp.
  25. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Wow, Tim Cook hates American workers even more than he hates Macs and his customers.

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