Make in India Gets a Boost: iPhone 13 Assembly Begins in India

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Tech giant, Apple has confirmed that it has started manufacturing its top-selling iPhone 13 smartphone in India. The contract has been signed with manufacturing partner Foxconn’s plant near Chennai. This move will help deepen the US smartphone major’s presence in the world’s second-largest smartphone market.

This move is likely to grow Apple’s market share from 4.4% to record levels in India. The company started making iPhones in India in 2017 with the iPhone SE. Presently, it makes the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and now the iPhone 13 locally. However, none of the Pro models is made in India.

Going Local has its Perks

Local manufacturing has helped the smartphone major to cut the timeframe between launch and production from 8 months to 6-7 months.

Apple’s big plans for India 

Notably, the tech giant launched its India online store in September 2020 and is expected to open its own retail store in the country on August 15 this year. The company has been planning on launching its brick and mortar store first in Mumbai and then in Delhi.

Taiwan tech manufacturers also eyeing India 

India could become one of the preferred destinations for Taiwanese tech manufacturers given Taiwan’s vast requirement for skilled labour. Interestingly, Foxconn and Wistron (the existing manufacturing partners for Apple), are the two major Taiwanese companies that have been chosen for the PLI scheme by the Indian government. 

Too long? Here’s one-liner: Apple confirms its manufacture of iPhone 13 in India; signs contract with Taiwanese tech manufacturer Foxconn to set up plant in Chennai.  




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