Apple starts sales of India-made iPhone 11


Tech giant Apple's contract manufacturer Foxconn has reportedly begun production of the company's iPhone 11 lineup at its production plant near the southern city of Chennai in India.

The report says that Apple plans to step up production of the iPhone 11 in phases in the country, but that down the line, Apple may even consider exporting the India-made iPhone 11 to other countries.

Sources told TechCrunch that a number of India-made iPhone 11 devices had already been distributed to local retail stores, but there is now limited output. The unit used to produce the earlier iPhone SE, which was been withdrawn.

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Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal announced the news on Twitter on Friday, writing, "Significant boost to Make in India!"

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently tweeted confirming that Apple is going to begin production of the iPhone 11 in India. By making the iPhones it sells in India in that country, Apple saves around 22% on import duties.

While there is no official confirmation at the time of writing this, a tipster named iHacktu Pro claims that Apple will host the iPhone 12 launch event on September 8. Until now, Foxconn has only manufactured Apple's iPhone XR in the country, and the iPhone 7 at a Wistron factory. Last year in October last year, Apple started manufacturing the iPhone XR locally in India. Another report stated that Pegatron which is the second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn in India will make some investment to set up a local subsidiary in India in the future. Its supplier Foxconn is also planning to invest up to $1 billion in India. The online store's launch in India remains on track despite the pandemic, a person familiar with the matter said.