Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal announced that Apple has started manufacturing the iPhone 11, the highest end smartphone assembled in India so far.
“Significant boost to Make in India! Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country,” Goyal tweeted, driving the “Made in India” initiative, motivated by the national government.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese multinational based in Tucheng District, New Taipei, began assembling the current generation iPhone at its plant near Chennai, India, according to TechCrunch.
This marks the beginning of the reduction in the manufacture of these products in companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which faces the risks of sanctions issued by the Trump administration, because of the multiple violations of which the it is accused.
“There is a strong request from Apple to its customers to move some of the iPhone production out of China,” Reuters reported.
Apple also plans to launch its online store in India in a few months and open its first retail store next year, announced CEO Tim Cook earlier this year.
This technological development in India would benefit users in the country, who could enjoy a reduction in prices, since it would avoid the import tax on high-end cellphones like the iPhone 11, equivalent to 20% of the value of the electronic device.
Additionally, Apple plans to produce the iPhone SE 2020 in India at its Wistron plant near Bangalore, where production of the iPhone SE 2016 began earlier.
On a larger scale, Foxconn plans to invest around $1 billion in its projects in India.
The investment would expand the plant in the city of Sriperumbur, located in the Kanchipuram district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 25 miles southwest of the capital city of Chennai, where Apple’s iPhone XR is manufactured. The project will be carried out over the course of three years.
“We are fully pushing ahead with the next steps there (in India), and maybe in a few months’ time, we can reveal on our website the next steps and report back to everyone. We’ll have a further investment there” said Liu Young-Way, president of Foxconn, at the company’s Annual General Meeting in June 2020.
In addition, in June the New Delhi government announced a $6.6 billion plan to attract major smartphone manufacturers.