According to a Reuters report, Apple will start assembling it’s iPhones in India via the local unit of Foxconn. This is scheduled to happen next year, and will be the first time the Taiwanese contract manufacturer will be making the product in the country.
It’s important to note that Foxconn won’t be assembling just any iPhone in India, but its top-of-the-line X series. On a side note, the company already manufactures for Xiaomi in the country.
The plant in question is located in the town of Sriperumbudur, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Apple is said to be investing INR25 billion (~RM1.48 billion) to expand the plant, which will also create as many as 25000 jobs.
The decision to have iPhones manufactured in India may have something to do with the on-going trade war between the US and China, according to sources close to Reuters. With that said, it’s unclear if this means all production of iPhones have been shifted from China to India, or if the Indian manufacturing line is merely acting as a supplement.