Report: Foxconn looking to build the Apple iPhone in India

Report: Foxconn looking to build the Apple iPhone in India
Contract manufacturer Foxconn is looking to build a factory in India that would churn out future versions of the Apple iPhone. For Apple, it could help give a boost to iPhone sales in the country. Currently, Apple's 10% market share trails Samsung and various domestic manufacturers (like Micromax) in the red hot Indian smartphone market, which is the third largest in the world. The country has the second most mobile phone accounts after China. Cisco predicts that the country will be host to 650 million smartphones and 18.7 million tablets by 2019.

Manufacturing the iPhone in India could also lower the price of the handset in the country since Foxconn would be paying lower wages to its Indian employees than it pays to those toiling in its Asian factories. In addition, the price of transportation would be much lower for Indian consumers if a factory in the country were to produce the iPhone. Currently, the price of a 16GB Apple iPhone 6 in India is the equivalent of $688 USD. A 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 costs $625 USD. This difference could be narrowed if Apple's smartphone were to be produced locally.

Foxconn did have a factory in India at one time, but closed it down when Nokia sold its Devices and Services business to Microsoft last year. A new factory could grab some business from Xiaomi. Already a Foxconn customer in Asia, Xiaomi has started selling its products in India and has met with success in the country. Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of Maharashtra, told the media that Foxconn is sending "a delegation" next month to look for a suitable location for its factory.


While India doesn't have local suppliers to make sourcing components easy, local businessmen believe that once global companies start contracting to have their devices assembled in India, suppliers will enter the country. Devendra Fadnavis, India's Chief Minister of the state, was the source of a similar report in May.

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source: MoneyControl.com

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25 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man, I hope they spec it properly. Minimum 2 gigs of ram, 3 mp front camera, 12 mp rear, tri core A9, stronger aluminum, and maybe force touch, I'm all over it. All iOS 9 features too, If not meh.

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

And maybe they will also bring split screen to this year's iPhones (or atleast to the bigger one). Maybe they didn't announce it in the keynote because iPad air 2 is the only ios device with 2gb ram.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what I'm kinda thinking.

25. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

India is the new China of cheap labour prices?

17. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

You know, you can have all of these features if you buy a last year model Android device! Or, if you want to go even higher in specs, go for the Huawei P8. It is the nicest phone on the market and will cost you less than half of an iPhone6s!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own the S6 edge, no need for last years android device...smart ass.

22. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I don't know from where PA got this prices from? A 16 Gig iPhone 6 costs Rs.53,500 in India which is equivalent to $860. :O

2. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Great for India's economy. Only $625 for galaxy s6 32gb? Indian tax rates must be very low, S6 32gb costs $1000 after tax in our country.

6. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As of today, it costs $535 for the 32GB model here in Lebanon.

23. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

MiddleEast countries have one of the least tax rates in the world.

20. Simona unregistered

sooon india will rise minimal wage and apple decide to go to ... WHERE ? no poor country left .. too baad apple u have to stop producing ..

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Africa once the terrorist uprising is over. What America doesn't get is this is a viscous cycle where former 3rd world nations get so rich their own own country is doomed to be redundant one way or another with their over-the-top wages compared to the international norm. Once everything goes down the pooper, minimum wages will be "forced" to all new lows and once new world manufacturing hubs transition into 1st world countries, it's all up to America for exports again. Rinse and repeat. Ay human greed n' good old capitalism lol

3. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Foxconn would be paying lower wages to its Indian employees than it pays to those toiling in its Asian factories." Uh PA, India is part of middle east so they're still asians. Not all asians have tiny, single-lid eyes.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This. It's racist in its own right. Same with the term African American. It refers to black people, but not all races in Africa are black. I partly fit this, as I am part Egyptian. Same goes for my Lebanese part. Again, part of Asia.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Black" is a color, not a race. The term "African American" refers to individuals whose ancestors are from Africa that now reside in America. Using color to describe race or nationality is idiotic. Not saying that you are idiotic, so please don't take any offense.

16. Tizo101

Posts: 526; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Look up the words racism and discrimination. Unfortunately you'll be surprised how incorrectly you have used the word racism.

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

India is not a part of the middle east.

5. pppddd

Posts: 19; Member since: May 11, 2015

in india...lol. They can't built s**t. Expect more poor quality crap.

8. myindia

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Yea , the same way you use the Bull Sh** zero since your kindergarten ? ever wondered who invented zero ? and do you play chess ? huh may be not ... it needs a little bit of brains . racist .

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

His only agenda is to say something bad about India...he doesn't even know that manufacturers are not responsible for the quality of a product. He doesn't mention his country... and you know why.

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think you know anything about manufacturing...Apple makes the iPhone and Foxconn only mass produces it. Whether they do it in China or in India, the quality of the product would be the same.

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Expect way more leaks of apple devices then. Any South Asian country will, doesn't matter what company it is, pictures and things will be out.

21. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Samsung is better at keeping secrets despite sending all their devices to India for testing so I believe it depends on Apple and Foxconn.

10. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

tell them to start one in Bihar...we have planty of land there :p

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

With China planning to transition to a consumption based economy this makes perfect sense.

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