Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Apple to start manufacturing iPhone 6s Plus in India

Apple to start manufacturing iPhone 6s Plus in India

iPhone 6s, the Apple flagship from 2015 is quite popular in India, even now.

Following up on a January report that Apple planned to produce affordable iPhone 6s models at a new production facility in Bengaluru, India, the country's Economic Times said today that Apple is trialing iPhone 6s Plus production, with plans to begin domestic manufacturing in two weeks.

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The only Apple smartphone which escaped this increase was the iPhone SE.

Earlier this month, the Indian government also announced a 10 percent customers city on circuitboards, connectors, camera modules, and other parts, The Economic Times reports. Apple had started the iPhone SE's production in India a year ago to further lower the prices.

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One of the major reasons why Xiaomi has been able to gain such popularity in India is because of its competitive pricing.

Once local capacity rises, the costs should get corrected as Apple won't be dependent on Chinese imports. He added that Apple will need to look into components and SMT manufacturing in order to insulate itself from price hikes due to customs duties. Apple's goal is to meet government requirements necessary to reduce the price of iPhones within India. Apple has also started discussing with its vendors and contract manufacturers like Flex, Foxconn and Wistron to expand sourcing in India. Once the iPhone 6S Plus starts manufacturing in India, you can expect the prices to dip a little, although since the phone isn't fully manufactured here, some taxes will still apply. In total, there are five sourcing plants which includes Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and Chinabased Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru. The move has been taken in order to bring down the price of the three-year-old iPhone. The iPhone 6S, on-the-other-hand, accounts for nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India previous year. The iPhone SE since its launch in India over two years ago has steadily seen a great response in India.

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