Apple has confirmed to IANS that it will kick off local manufacturing of its very popular iPhone 12 in India soon. In an official statement to be the publication the Cupertino based tech giant said, “We are proud to be starting production of iPhone 12 in India for our local customers.” Also Read - iPhone 13 First Look: Colossal cameras, glossy finish
Rumours have been circulating on web regarding the same for a long time. Recently, a report coming from the Business Standard revealed that Apple has been exploring opportunities to kick start iPhone 12 manufacturing in India. Also Read - Why EU’s common charging port proposal for all phones is bad news for Apple
The report also stated that the tech giant aims to shift 7-10 percent of the manufacturing capacity of the iPhone 12 to India. Notably, the company hasn’t released any official statement on the same yet, so take this with a pinch of salt. Also Read - iPhone 13 series now up for sale in India: Check prices, offers and more
Apple already manufactures some models in India including the iPhone SE, the iPhone XR, and also the iPhone 11 through its contract partners including Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron.
As per several media reports, in addition to Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron are also looking forward to be a part of the local manufacturing of the iPhone 12. The latest move could possibly be to lower the price of the flagship iPhone 12, which currently retails at a starting price of Rs 69,990.
With this move, the Cupertino based tech giant will take advantage of the Indian government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme. The Made in India iPhone 12 could be available for purchase in the domestic and international markets and help the brand avoid hefty import taxes. As for Pegatron, the Made in India iPhone 12 will be ready by the middle of 2021.
iPhone 12 mini to be locally manufactured
Some other media reports suggest that the company also plans to shift the production of the iPhone 12 Mini in India but there are no confirmation on the same as of yet.
Highlighting the same, the Business Standard report suggests that the Wistron facility near Bengaluru is also supposed to manufacture the iPhone 12 mini. However, the final decision hasn’t been made for now. It is reported that due to the weak demand for the iPhone 12 mini Apple could have shifted focus from the mini to iPhone 12.
Apple hasn’t revealed any official details related to local manufacturing of the iPhone 12 mini.