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Reports in Indian media said Wistron Corp, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, was lined up to assemble iPhones at a plant on the outskirts of tech hub Bangalore.
Karnataka’s IT minister said Apple had agreed to assemble its hugely popular phones in the southern state, whose capital Bangalore is India’s technology hub.
He said the new operation would likely assemble iPhones for the domestic market.
NEW DELHI: Apple is to start making iPhones in India this year, a local government official said Feb 3, as the company seeks to tap into a booming middle class while sales in China slow.
Apple, which has not commented on the minister’s statement, remains a relatively small player in India, where sales of its smartphones lag those of rival Samsung.
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Apple will begin manufacturing iPhones in India by the end of April.
In 2016, Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones into India.
For the vast majority of local consumers, Apple devices are just too expensive, making cheaper devices from the likes of Samsung much more popular.
Apple will be hoping that the move can bolster the iPhone’s presence in India, where it has somewhat struggled in the past due to its high price tag.
He added the state will help Apple if the company later decides to use other manufacturers in the region.
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Apple will start building iPhones in India this spring – BGR
Indian consumers typically stick to budget devices, but Apple believes that over time its own premium devices will pick up steam.
India has its own requirements as well, requesting that Apple source at least 30% of its components locally in the long run.
Priyank Kharge, the information technology minister of Karnataka, confirmed that Apple had partnered with Taiwan’s Wistron Corp. to build iPhones in the state’s capital of Bangalore.
Last year, Apple shipped a record 2.5 million iPhones to India, but despite the uptick, the California company still accounts for less than 2% of phone shipments in the country.
“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge.