iPhones may soon flaunt an "Assembled in India" tag

iPhones may soon flaunt an
Rumors say that Apple's main manufacturing contractor – Foxconn – has been given the green light to start constructing a manufacturing plant in India. According to reports, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the government has been discussing the possibility to set up such a facility in Maharashtra – a state in the western parts of India, which has over 110 million inhabitants, 18 million of which live in its capital of Mumbai.

Such a deal could be a huge win for Apple, as the company has been barred from selling iPhones in India under the rationale that it had no manufacturing center in the country. A Foxconn branch there could open the door for Cupertinians and allow them to take a piece of the pie that Google calls “the next 5 billion users” - a slogan, flying above the Android One program and the company's attempt to get Android-powered smartphones in the hands of users across India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The reports say that Indian government would be in favor of such a plant since it will provide an instant boost in economy, as employment will get an instant jolt – the Foxconn facility in the Henan province, which Mr. Fadnavis is familiar with and impressed by, employs around 300,000 people, so we suppose this would be roughly the minimum size for a plant that India has in mind.

Of course, there is no word on a final deal at this time, and besides, the Indian plant, if it becomes reality, may only build various parts, while the iPhones themselves would continue being assembled by Foxconn in China, at least until experts in the new facility have been trained up to par.

Would an “Assembled in India” tag affect your decision to buy an iPhone or iPad in any way?

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21 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They can just buy Nokia's factory in India....and this is it, so easy.

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

By Nokia factory you mean Microsoft?

17. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

The Nokia factory in Chennai is out of Microsoft coverage. That factory is still being used my Nokia networks.

20. waddup121 unregistered

Why not "assembled in china" instead

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

heres an idea apple why dont you build them in america help out your own f**king people for once, hope your new hq falls and kills you all

29. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Cuz cheaper labour leads to profit :)

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yes. It'll make me less hesitant in buying a new one lol

8. Aaqib_B

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Wuhu.. Hope this makes the future iphones cheaper in India..

10. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Good news

11. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

This is a new low for Apple.

12. carlemillward unregistered

India knows a lot about phones

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

That may be true... But the 300,000+ people that will work on making this phone, most likely WON'T be able to afford one... The Chinese average worker were selling their own body parts, to afford an iphone... Do you think Foxconn is going to pay the Indian worker more money than it's Chinese worker? I see in the near future, the price of a kidney falling in the stock market over there. If the past is any reflection of the future. When will we learn! O.o

15. knightkiran

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

oh god now the indian labours will suffer like the chinese

31. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

But India has hartals and strikes and weird labour unions. I'll give Foxxxxxxconnnnn about 6 months before they up and leave.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So India labour is cheaper than China labour now? I guess I shouldn't be surprised since my city is the most expensive city to live in now that all the people coming here from China are filthy rich and drove up the housing prices. Still, it seems most others are going for Vietnam or Thailand for cheaper labour. My guess is that this is strictly to enter the India market and they really won't be making much there. Probably just manufacturing like one part just to write off some more taxes and enter the India market.

22. Sauce5 unregistered

you are so smart

34. panosha

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2015

Apple’s iPhone shipments remained strong in India during the quarter thanks to its strong marketing push and enticing schemes such as buybacks and more. The Cupertino-based vendor is only a few thousand units short of achieving a land mark feat of crossing 1 million unit sales in the six months of its fiscal year since Oct 2014. An achievement that it took almost twelve months to manage in its last financial year. (Counterpoint Research, 30/04/2015).

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