THE Wistron, Taiwanese partner of Apple, already assembles iPhones in India a few years ago, but its production has always been limited to cheaper smartphone models – currently, there are (or were) iPhone 6s It’s from iPhone SE. Now, that is about to change.
As the newspaper reported Economic Times, the Government of India approved an expansion plan for Wistron which, after an investment of 50 billion Indian rupees (about R $ 2.8 billion), will open a new factory for the production of iPhones in the country – this time, assembling more recent and expensive Apple, as iPhones XR and / or XS.
The information was not confirmed by Wistron or Apple, but by India’s Minister of Information and Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad. According to him, Wistron will start producing the “latest iPhone models” in India.
If you remember, this information is in line with a news item we commented on here last December: at the time, it was believed that Apple would turn to Foxconn to produce the latest iPhone models there – Foxconn itself confirmed the plans and made an investment proposal to the Indian government.
At the end of the day, it seems that Wistron got the better of the dispute, even though Foxconn’s bargaining power cannot be dismissed so prematurely – which, as is known, is Apple’s largest supplier and assembler of most iPhones that are sold worldwide.
The initiative by Apple and its suppliers, to move at least part of the iPhone production out of China, is clear: to escape the rampant fees that the American government is imposing on products from the Wall Country and to diversify its lines of Assembly.
It remains to be seen, however, what Apple’s strategy will be for India itself, one of the largest markets in the world and the place where the iPhone struggles to conquer double digits in popular preference – it currently has about 2% market share in the parents.
We will be attentive to follow the next chapters of this story.