Apple has started assembling the flagship iPhone 11 smartphone at its Foxconn plant in Chennai. As per the report, Apple plans to increase production in a phased manner. This is the first time Apple has manufactured a top-of-the-line model in India. The units from the Foxconn Chennai plant can be shipped to other markets.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted this effort as a "Significant boost to Make in India!"
Significant boost to Make in India!— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) July 24, 2020
Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country.https://t.co/yjmKYeFCpL
Prior to this Apple had started assembling the iPhone XR in India in 2019. In 2017, Apple had started the domestic manufacturing of the Apple iPhone SE 2016 in the Bangalore plant. They also has plans to make the iPhone SE 2020 in India in its Wistron plant near Bangalore.
Earlier this month, Foxconn, which is a leading supplier for Apple has planned to invest up to $1 billion to expand its India factory where it assembles iPhone models. This step will help Apple reduce its dependence on China in the long run when the US-China relations are continuing to deteriorate.
Apple's decision to manufacture the iPhone 11 in India may also depend on the Indian government's decision to ease rules for its Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme. The government is also in talks with Pegatron, Apple's another manufacturing partner, to relocate few of its manufacturing units to India.