Apple officially starts manufacturing iPhone SE in India

Apple officially starts manufacturing iPhone SE in India
For a while now, we’ve been hearing that Apple is dead-set on opening a manufacturing plant in India, where it would assemble some of its cheaper handset models – the iPhone SE and the older iPhone 6s. The reasoning behind this is simple – Cupertino’s rather expansive smartphones become nigh unobtainable for customers in India due to high import charges. It is said that Apple only covers 5% of the massive handset market that the country has.

In March, we heard that the company is gearing up to start production of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models in India, however, it seems this hasn’t happened yet. Instead, it is only today that the first trial run of a batch of iPhone SE units that has been completed.

It is believed that having in-country built iPhones will bring their price down by about $100 (since there will be no import taxes), making the SE’s price just under $250, which will give Indian customers a better chance at buying an Apple handset. The project has been in the works for about a year and is being supported by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is running a “Make in India” program, which aims to stimulate the development of various industries in the country. Government officials have said that Apple may seek to expand its operations and make more phones in India, and they are open for such discussions.

As of right now, we don’t see any indication that these models will be sold internationally.


source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nice. The SE is a great phone.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Good news. Now apple just needs to start a 'Made in USA' program.

3. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ha, if they do that, the price will adjust by a noticeable amount.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

So what's wrong with that? I highly doubt it would negatively impact their sales. If we need something bad enough we buy it regardless of price.

5. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Who knew labor in India was cheaper than in China ?

9. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

How is $250, $100 less than $400?

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

For $250, I'd rather get The Samsung A3 or J5 (2017)... Then there's upcoming Nokia 6 with a 5.5" FHD Display... Who cares about a sub-HD resolution 4 Incher nowadays, eh? Not many, I'll tell you...! But of course, Indians tend to (or at least seems to) go all GAGA over anything with an Apple Logo... Status symbol and all that nonsense...! Ha! G'Day!

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Totally agreed. Here in India boy's gets girl's after showing Apple logo. Lol

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's a symptom of India class issues, not a stigma Apple created.

10. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

it's related to whichever brand may be. somewhere in Eastern Europe, Slav boys get girls after showing their Adidas get-up and their classic pose.

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup those peeps are sheeps like you....

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