Apple To Manufacture High-End iPhone Devices in India Starting From 2019

According to a source cited by Reuters, Apple will start manufacturing high-end iPhone smartphone in India in 2019, looking to move beyond China as a line of assembly for its devices. The Cupertino-based company wants to avoid the trade war between the United States and China.

Currently, Apple relies on Foxconn which is a Taiwanese manufacturer with factories in China, Malaysia, and other countries in the world. Foxconn’s Longhua Science and Technology Park in Shenzhen, China, is currently producing the majority of the iPhone devices for Apple.

However, as reported by an undisclosed source for Reuters, in 2019, Apple will start using Foxconn’s factory in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu to manufacture its high-end iPhone smartphones, such as iPhone X series, among others. At this moment, Apple is producing its iPhone SE and iPhone 6S series in India.

Apple To Manufacture High-End iPhone Devices in India Starting From 2019

“Apple Inc will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn as early as 2019, the first time the Taiwanese contract manufacturer will have made the product in the country, according to a source familiar with the matter,” Reuters reports.

According to Reuters, the Foxconn’s factory in India is currently producing Xiaomi phones, while the Cupertino-based company, Apple, is using the Taiwanese Wistron Corporation’s facilities in Bengaluru to assembly its low- and mid-range smartphones such as iPhone SE and iPhone 6S.

Apple’s decision to move out of China in order to manufacture its high-end devices in India is undoubtedly the Cupertino-based company’s measure to avoid the costs of producing its devices in China under the perspective of the growing trade war between the US and China. In this regard, Foxconn already informed that the financial conflict between the US and China make it impossible for Apple to continue its operations in the most-populated country in the world.

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