Confirming previous rumors, Apple today declared to the The Wall Street Journal that officially started the production of iPhones in India in partnership with the manufacturer Wistron.
The first model to be produced locally will be the iPhone SE – contrary to what they claimed earlier, when they suggested that the first models would be the iPhones 6 and 6s; regarding these, there is still no confirmation that they will be manufactured in the country, too.
The first shipment of devices will be distributed from the end of may and will appear on store shelves the following week – probably marked with a “Assembled in India” (“Mounted in India”) at the rear.
The country’s third-party resellers have already reduced the value of these devices by about $ 70. And, since the company will save by producing locally, the Indian government believes that the value of the device could decrease about $ 100. Still, there is no price confirmation; if Apple manages to reduce them, that will certainly contribute to increase sales, something that Apple has been wanting for a long time because of the country’s potential. If that happens and they get good numbers, maybe Apple may even start producing newer devices over there, like the iPhones 7/7 Plus.
Although Apple already has several projects in India, this manufacturing initiative in the country was a must. This is because, according to the law of the country, a company can only open physical stores there if it has about 30% of the goods produced locally.
So far, Apple has produced most of its iPhones in China and, as we know, some older models are also produced here in Brazil (at Foxconn in Jundiaí, in São Paulo).