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The first time Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started to assemble building iPhone 11 units in a facility in Chennai in India. The company has already making iPhones in the country but this is the first time they are focusing on its top-tier smartphones. Apple has been working in the country since 2017, and according to the reports, were already considering to move the production of its premium models there as well.


India is the third-largest smartphone market due to its population of around 1.73 billion. After Trump administration has banned Chinese smartphone companies and induced some serious business transaction limitations on China, Apple was looking for an alternative place to manufacture its phones. Moving to India will reduce Apple's reliance to some extent. And while Apple tops the premium smartphone market in India, it has only about 1 percent share of the total smartphone marketing in India.


The iPhone prices are getting higher and higher every year that has put the iPhone out of reach. By manufacturing devices in India, Apple would be able to avoid a 20-percent import duty that India has imposed on imported electronics. This might lower to prices of the iPhone to at least 20%. Wistron, which has locally assembled older iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models in the past in its Bangalore plant, currently assembles iPhone XR units in India. Apple discontinued the local production of iPhone SE and iPhone 6s last year, the person said. Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, tweeted on Friday that Apple had begun assembling iPhone 11 models in India. Apple did not comment on this story. Apple also has plans to launch its online store in India for a few months and open its first brick-and-mortar store in the next year. So, the plan to open a new store seems to be on track despite the pandemic.


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