Apple's High-End iPhones Will Be Produced in India

Apple’s iPhone XR is boosting the number of Android switchers

This year's top-tier iPhone XS and XS Max models, which start at $999 and top out at a whopping $1,449, meanwhile took a 35 percent share of the iPhone market in the month following the cheaper XR's release.

In short, not only is the iPhone XR one of Apple's best-selling iPhones, but it's also one of the most appealing iOS-based phones for Android users.

Foxconn has been assembling lower-end iPhones, including the iPhone SE, in India.

The news comes hot on the heels of trade war between United States and China where Apple is expected to get a hit due to tariffs, with one previous report already indicating that Apple will move manufacturing out of China if tariffs hit 25%. The report also highlighted that this investment would be creating approximately 25,000 employment opportunities. Some reports suggest Apple has cut down on its production seeing the slack demand. A third source confirmed that Hon Hai plans to assemble iPhones in India.

While the XR's overall sales may have proven disappointing to Apple so far, a recent report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners revealing specific sales data is more optimistic.




Hon Hai said it does not comment on matters related to current or potential customers, or any of their products.

Full details of Apple's deal with Hon Hai are not yet clear and could change.

Foxconn, the world's biggest electronics contract manufacturer, is considering setting up a factory in Vietnam, Vietnamese state media reported this month.

Making more phones locally will help Apple save costly duties and boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship drive to make India a manufacturing hub, Singh said. According to the new estimate Apple is expected to manufacture 45 million units for the quarter, down from the 50 million earlier forecast.

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