Technology major Apple appears to be targeting a bigger share in India, one of the world’s biggest smartphone market. The iPhone maker wants to expand its contract manufacturers facility in the tech hub of Bengaluru, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Reuters on Tuesday. The union minister for Electronics and IT said, government officials have been in touch with the Cupertino giant and other mobile phone manufacturers for expanding facilities and setting up new plants. Last week, Apple had started making iPhone SE at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron’s plant in Bengaluru.
Apple has finally started assembling iPhones in India, and 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. It has been reported that the Wistron Corp has started manufacturing the first batch of trial smartphones, which will be built in limited quantities. 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.
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Apple’s stint with Indian manufacturing comes at a time when many Chinese smartphone 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 the US. The Wall Street Journal had recently reported that the ‘Made in India’ smartphones may cost $100 less.