Foxconn has begun assembling iPhone 11 units in India at its Chennai plant. The news has been confirmed by numerous local outlets and marks Apple’s made in India iPhone production expansion following the iPhone XR from last year. The first batches of made in India iPhone 11 are already available for purchase at local retailers.
In the past, Cupertino also produced the first gen SE as well as the iPhone 6s and 7 series in India through Wistron. The move will free up Apple from paying a 20% import tax on phones made outside India, allowing it to achieve more competitive pricing on its models.
In addition, it should allow Apple to increase its lead in the premium smartphone market where the iPhone 11 has enjoyed a warm reception by local consumers. According to recent reports, Foxconn is planning to invest upwards of $1 billion in its Indian manufacturing sites in a bid to further decentralize its iPhone production facilities outside of China.