The iPhone 6S could be the next Apple iPhone to be manufactured locally in India. According to a recent report, Apple has started production of the device a week ago at the Bengaluru facility of its Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Wistron. The report also suggests that a made-in-India iPhone 6S is expected to hit the stores soon. Apple already manufacturers the iPhone SE in India, production of which started back in May 2017.
According to The Economic Times, Apple began trial on the iPhone 6 series back in April, on the basis of its huge sale potential in the country. The iPhone 6 series currently accounts for about one-third of the iPhone sales in India as compared to the 15 percent generated by the iPhone SE. By manufacturing iPhone 6S locally, Apple plans on further increasing the demand for the smartphone and reassuring a top spot in the mid-range segment.
The Economic Times quoted a senior executive from Apple stating, “The made-in-India iPhone 6s will be only sold in India like iPhone SE since it will take time to scale up capacity. In fact, Apple will continue with the import of iPhone 6s until capacity improves. Hence, there will be no price correction for the locally manufactured units. The made-in-India iPhone 6s model will hit the stores soon.”
One of the major reasons for Apple to do this is to exempt the iPhone 6S from a price increase, due to the rising import duties. Apple in January was prompted to increase the price of its iPhones by 6-7 percent, due to the additional 5 percent imposed on basic customs by the government. This added with a decline of shipments for the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have cost Apple the top spot in the premium segment.
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Currently the iPhone 6S carries a starting price of Rs 35,000 on Amazon and other online channels. While the Indian manufactured iPhone SE, which carries the same specifications with a smaller screen is priced at Rs 20,000.