The first ‘Made in India’ Apple iPhones could be on display soon at a shop near you. Tech giant Apple has started manufacturing iPhone SEs in India at its unit in Bengaluru, according to an Indian Express report. It has been reported that the Wistron Corp has started manufacturing the first batch of trial smartphones, which will be built in limited quantities.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Karnataka Government officials have confirmed that iPhone manufacturer Wistron Corp has begun production of iPhone SE variant in Bengaluru.
An Apple spokesperson told the Indian Express that, ”We are beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE. iPhone SE is the most powerful and popular smartphone with a 4-inch display in the world and Apple will start shipping to Indian customers in this month.”
Indian Express had earlier reported that Apple wanted to start iPhone’s production run with the iPhone SE. In January Indian Express reported that an inter-ministerial committee panel had discussed if iPhone kits and consumables should be made duty free.
What needs to be seen is whether Apple will lower the price of the iPhone, as the ‘Made in India’ iPhones won’t be subject to import duties levied on phones imported into India. The Wall Street Journal reported that the ‘Made in India’ smartphones may cost $100 less.
The Indian Express report says, Wistron Corp, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners applied for permission to expand its Bengaluru plant and requested that its application be fast-tracked. The Karnataka Government had issued a press release confirming Apple’s plans of initial manufacturing operations in the state.