Apple has Commenced Manufacturing iPhone SE in India
Apple has finished assembling its first batch of iPhone units in India. Apple began its first trial run with the iPhone SE smartphone, and the handsets are said to have been assembled by its Taiwanese contractor Wistron Corp. Earlier today, a Wall Street Journal report said Karnataka state officials have confirmed that Apple’s manufacturer Wistron Corp has started making the iPhone SE in India.
The statement added Apple aims to begin shipments of the Indian-produced devices domestically this month. A report source suggests shipments of the Indian iPhone SE could reach stores as early as this week. Wistron’s newly setup plant in Bengaluru will focus solely on assembling iPhones even as the Cupertino major seeks tax concessions from the Indian government to set up local production in the world’s fastest growing major mobile market. The company will initially start by assembling 300,000 to 400,000 iPhone SE handsets in India and the initial manufacturing of the model will not be dependent on any tax concession offerings from the government.
Officials in the Indian government hope the new price for the iPhone SE will drop down by as much as $100 compared to the current local price, though Apple is likely to try and avoid too much of a reduction in order to preserve its margins.
In the past few years, we have seen many companies like Samsung and Xiaomi starting to manufacture units in India.
Apple iPhone SE is currently priced at ₹27,200 for the 32GB version, and ₹37,200 for the 128GB version.
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