Foxconn to begin assembling top-end Apple iPhones in India in 2019

Foxconn to begin assembling top-end Apple iPhones in India in 2019

Apple is bringing its iPhone production to India partially thanks to the looming threats and impacts of the China-U.S. trade war.

However, the stats indicated by the CIRP's report can not be used for concluding the success of iPhone Xr as this year Apple released its cheaper iPhone variant after its pricier models which is contrary to its previous launch strategies.

The Hindu recently reported it, wherein the newspaper underlined that Foxconn plant would be initiating the production of several iPhones. As per the report from CNBC, the California-based tech giant will begin assembling the iPhones via Foxconn's assembly by early 2019.

The company was planning to invest US$356 million (NT$10.9 billion) and create an estimated 25,000 jobs, a Tamil Nadu government minister told Reuters. Foxconn will be making high-end devices in the flagship Apple series, the report added.

Until now, Cupertino, California-based Apple has only assembled the lower-cost SE and 6S models in India through Wistron Corp's local unit in the Bengaluru technology hub.

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A report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that more Android users are switching to the iPhone.

CIRP notes that while impressive, the 32 percent share of the iPhone XR is lower than what the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus managed to achieve in the first month of their availability (39 percent) past year.

Still, it could potentially get Foxconn to make the older iPhone X version in India where it sells cheaper models in a bid to get a bigger share of the world's fastest growing major mobile phone market. Additionally, it is also not confirmed whether the production will be confined to assembly or include some component production in the country.

The Taiwanese contract manufacturer has been making Apple devices for many years but Apple decides where it should assemble the devices.

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