Apple starts making first flagship iPhone in India

The iPhone 11 reportedly is being assembled in Chennai

TechCrunch reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started manufacturing iPhone 11 units at a facility near Chennai in India, marking the first time Apple has made one of its top-tier phones in that country.

Apple has manufactured lower-priced iPhone models in India since 2017, and is reportedly considering producing its more premium models for some time.

India was the second largest smartphone market in the world in 2019, ahead of the US and second only to China. According to TechCrunch, Apple plans to ramp up production in India, which in turn depends on China, where most of its iPhones are currently made. And while Apple tops the premium smartphone market in India, it has only 1 percent of the total smartphone market there. The price of iPhone makes it inaccessible to many consumers in India.

By selling locally manufactured devices in India, Apple will be able to avoid the 20 percent import duty that India imposes on foreign manufactured electronics. It is unclear whether the devices are being manufactured only for sale in India, or for a wider market worldwide.

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