Apple to start building iPhones in India by April

Earlier this month, we reported that Apple had reportedly tapped major Taiwanese ODM Wistron to begin assembling iPhones in India. The news has now been made official by Priyank Kharge, IT minister of the Indian state of Karnataka, who in an interview with Bloomberg revealed that manufacturing will begin in India’s tech capital Bangalore by the end of April.

“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge, noting that the state of Karnataka will help Apple if the company decides to tap other manufacturers in the region.

Apple has been in talks with the Indian government for months. The Cupertino tech giant has allegedly asked for a 15-year tax break, the possibility of which is still being negotiated.

By setting up its own manufacturing plant in India, Apple will be able to open direct retail stores and gain more presence in a country where it has extremely limited market share. In 2016, Apple shipped some 2.5 million iPhones in India, but still managed to only secure the 10th position in a market lead by Samsung and dominated by Android.



1. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015


2. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

apple dodging taxes... Noooo

3. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Its just device assembly and not manufacturing. All the components will probably be imported and not manufactured in the plant. There is no reason why the Indian government should even consider giving in to the demands. Other phone manufacturers have been 'assembling' their phones locally for a long time now including Samsung, Xiaomi, One plus etc.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

India needs Apple, so that the workers can learn there, get experience, later switch job to Micromaxx or Karbonn, and kick Apple out. This is how China OEMs so successful, their workers stole the tech experience from Apple and when Chinese brand get big enough, they kicked Apple out.

10. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Oh god. Another complete bulls**t and sourceless comment. Can you provide any sources for your claims? ("China kicked Apple out")

11. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

He's right about Chinese copying things, I studied business there and they accept they copy things in order to grow their brands and make them bigger than transnational corporations which is a smart strategy but at the same time leads to unpolished products

5. peace247 unregistered

So will the iphone cost less now?

6. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Depends what Apple charges. As for manufacturing costs, I doubt it's cheaper than manufacturing in China.

12. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

If it is made in China then Apple can't import directly from China to India according to laws.(only Chinese brands can do that) So they import first to honkkang /Singapore then to India. There is two export and import duties has to be paid (export in China import in Singapore export in Singapore import in India and there is VAT(14%) in India). Typically it increases cost by 300 US dollars than the price in USA . You can expect prices come down by 10-15% . In meantime iPhone 8 could bethe cheapest at launch here in India

14. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

That explains the low market share in India!

7. Subie

Posts: 2440; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not a chance. The only way any company would consider lowering the price of their goods would be if nobody was willing to buy their product at the current price. And since Apple just had a record last quarter in sales then...

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

With these huge demands they must do this.

9. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Or Trump fall or Apple fall

13. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

who is stealing your jobs now mr,trump lol

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