Economic Times: Apple begins iPhone 6s production in India

  • Economic Times: Apple begins iPhone 6s production in India

Economic Times: Apple begins iPhone 6s production in India

The iPhone SE was up until now the only Apple device to be manufactured locally in India, production of which began a year ago, but now Apple contract manufacturer Wistron has also initiated a trial production run for the iPhone 6s Plus model at its Bengaluru assembly plant in India.

According to the report, Wistron (Apple's supply partner) has also started a trial run of assembling the iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 inch model), while the full-fledged process will begin after some time. It has set up a new assembly for the production of iPhone 6s Plus.

The sources claim that mass-production is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, and iPhone 6s Plus units "Assembled in India" will go on sale soon after.

The iPhone 6s Plus being produced locally will reduce the price for consumers by 5-7 percent, making it an attractive prospect for those that want performance, extended software support and pretty much any other thing that you would want in a device without spending ludicrous amounts of money.

If the company were to have a local factory building iPhones, it would help Apple slash Indian iPhone prices, in response to government policies that tax foreign phones.

This will make iPhone 6s Plus more competitive alongside devices from the likes of Samsung and OnePlus, which are popular in India as a result of their more affordable price tag.

As per the senior executives, the delay in price correction is due to facility's inability to meet the "entire requirement" of the iPhone 6s Plus model in India with the major chunk being imports of units manufactured in China.

The Indian government has imposed a 10% customs duty earlier this month on components like printed circuit boards populated with memory and chips, camera modules and connectors.

It's only when the local manufacturing plan "gains scale" will the buyers see a price correction.

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