Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Apple begins iPhone 6s production in India — Economic Times

Apple begins iPhone 6s production in India — Economic Times

According to the latest info from Economic Times, Wistron, Apple's production partner has set up a new assembly line for the iPhone 6s Plus, so the phablet will start getting mass produced in a couple of weeks.

Partner Wistron has already started trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus at its Bengalore plant, where it has been assembling the iPhone SE since previous year.

The iPhone 6S Plus is one of the more popular iPhones in India. According to its sources, a locally produced iPhone 6s Plus can bring down prices by 5-7 per cent, making it competitive with the Chinese OnePlus smartphones and some premium models of Samsung, which were insulated from the rise in customs duty since they are all locally produced.

"However, the price correction may not be reflected immediately since Wistron will not be able to fully meet the entire requirement of iPhone 6s Plus in India and imports from China will continue", ET quotes a senior industry expert as saying. As per the report, Apple has already begun trial production of the iPhone 6S Plus at the Wistron facility in Bengaluru. The company didn't officially lower the rate of the iPhone SE when it began putting together the handset in India, but online and offline discounts allow the phone to be sold for as low as Rs 18999 nowadays. With increased local production, the prices will eventually get corrected, a source revealed to the publication. He added that Apple will need to look into components and SMT manufacturing in order to insulate itself from price hikes due to customs duties.

Earlier this month, the Indian government also announced a 10 percent customers city on circuitboards, connectors, camera modules, and other parts, The Economic Times reports. In total, there are five sourcing plants which includes Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and Chinabased Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru. The iPhone 6S, on-the-other-hand, accounts for nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India past year.

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