Apple has begun producing one of its flagship devices, iPhone 11, at the Foxconn plant in Chennai in a big victory for the govt’s Aatamnirbhar India initiative.
It is Apple’s first time producing a top-of-the-line product in India, showing a win for the government’s “Make in India” campaign.
Apple has gradually stepped up its production in India, it should be acknowledged. Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and iPhone XR are already producing in India.
The firm aims to manufacture the latest iPhone SE 2020 at its Bengaluru-based Wistron plant, too. Previously this Unit used for the production of the iPhone SE 2016 in the Bangalore plant.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal outlined the step as “Significant boost to make in India! Apple has started to manufacture iPhone 11 in India, bringing the top-of-the-line model to the country for the first time.”
Apple could propose exporting the Indian iPhone 11, thereby reducing its dependency on China, according to the experts.
Apple’s leading supplier, Foxconn has planned to invest up to $1 billion to expand its India manufacturing plant where it will assemble iPhone models.
The government is also in negotiations with Pegatron — the second-largest iPhone production firm after Foxconn — to move some of its manufacturing facilities to India, according to the reports.