Apple is set to start a new chapter in India by starting its production of iPhone SE (2020) in India very soon according to a report. The US giant decided and had initiated commercial production of its newer model of model iPhone XR in Chennai. Earlier the company limited manufacturing of its older models- iPhone 6S, SE, and assembly of 7 in India.
This can be seen as a result of the India – China trade war. Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron has reportedly been in the process of receiving components for manufacturing the smartphone in India.
In 2017, the US giant has started its production of its older models of the phones in India to avoid taxes and cater to the growing demand in the country.
At least one Apple supplier in China has been asked to start shipping components for the iPhone SE 2020 to Wistron in India from July. The information reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The iPhone SE (2020) which is the successor to the original iPhone SE, carries a starting price of Rs 42,500. This translates to around $558, which is $159 higher than the $399 (roughly Rs. 30,400) price applicable in the US market.
Apple launched its iPhone SE 2020 in April in India alongside its debut in global markets. The new model is designed to take on various android phones of the price segment.
The US giant firm Apple had started its production with iPhone SE back in May 2017. The company carried out the product assembly with Wistron at its Bengaluru facility. It also started its production at Foxconn’s manufacturing units in the country.
As shipments are escalating, Apple is also planning to bolster its presence in India. Tim Cook in February revealed that the company is set to establish its online store later this year. While its physical outlets are planned for 2021. A report suggested that Apple would start its online sales as early as the third quarter. The domestic manufacturing would help address local demand.