Apple has commenced assembling its flagship iPhone 13 in India at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, a few months later than expected. Earlier reports had suggested that commercial production was set to begin in February this year, which was delayed due to complaints about working conditions.
Now Apple manufactures all of its top selling iPhones in India, as the iPhone 13 has been added to its list of locally made smartphones. The Cupertino-based company has partnered with Foxconn and Wistron to manufacture its products in India. According to reports, the iPhone maker is preparing to scale up its production with Pegatron, which is scheduled to start production of the iPhone 12 this month.
Apple had dipped its toes into the manufacturing scene in India with the iPhone SE in 2017. Now, the company’s range of locally made smartphones include the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and now the iPhone 13. However, the Pro models are not made in India.
Will The iPhone 13 Get A Price Cut?
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Apple started assembling the iPhone 12 in India at the Foxconn plant in March 2021. Following the launch of the iPhone 13, its predecessor—the iPhone 12—saw a price cut of ₹14,000. According to reports, the iPhone 13 may not immediately get a price cut following its production in India. The company just might pocket the amount it saves in import duties.
Apple said in a statement:
We are excited to begin making iPhone 13 — with its beautiful design, advanced camera systems for stunning photos and videos, and the incredible performance of the A15 Bionic chip — right here in India for our local customers.
According to earlier reports, the firm is planning to produce more models in India. India’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme will be a bonus for the company, which has been slowly transitioning some of its iPhone production from China to India.