Apple has finally started assembling iPhones in India. The Cupertino-based giant which has partnered with Wistron Corp to assemble the phone here in Bengaluru, has opted for a trial run to begin with and will put out the initial phones in small batches, sources said. Apple is understood to have begun initial production for a small number of iPhone SE units in Bengaluru, since it is one of its most popular models. It is expected to start domestic shipping this month itself.
In March this year, Karnataka IT minister, Priyank Kharge, told FE that Apple Inc will be ready to start assembling high-end iPhones in the city in less than a month to boost its chances of gaining a foothold in the fast growing Indian market.
Apple’s stint with Indian manufacturing comes at a time when many Chinese smarttphone companies including the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei, and others are starting their manufacturing units in India. Indian manufacturing would help the technology companies to lower price for local consumers. Apple had last year applied for a single brand retail license and is yet to get the FIPB approval. While it is still unknown at what price the Indian-made iPhone SE will be sold at, but it is likely to be cheaper than the models sold in US.