Wistron, Apple’s manufacturing partner, has reportedly secured certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to start manufacturing of the iPhone SE in the country. Wistron has been granted certification under IS 13252 information communication equipment certification and the number for the brand is R-62000612. The model certified is A 1723 model, which is the iPhone SE. Also Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : ReportAlso Read - Apple Watch Series 7 first look: Classy with lots of health features
Apple’s first local production of an iPhone will begin at a facility in Peenya district in Bengaluru. The manufacturing will be commissioned to a company called ICT Service Management Solutions, which is owned by Wistron. The complete address of the manufacturing unit listed is, No 93, Industrial Suburb, Stage-II, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru, India. Getting a BIS certification is bit odd as Apple’s iPhone SE already complies with several standards. The move, however, suggests Apple might make some modifications in the locally assembled iPhone SE. Also Read - iPhone sales record 150 percent growth in India during Q3 2021: Report
Besides Wistron, Apple is also said to be working with Foxconn to locally assemble its iPhones in India. According to recent reports, Apple is also considering to locally assemble more smartphones, like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Reports further say that the assembling could start in India in the next couple of months.
We ve been working hard to develop our operations in India, an Apple spokeswoman had said. We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we ve had with government about further expanding our local operations. ALSO READ: Future Apple Watch bands could show notifications, send alerts
Besides Make in India, Apple is mulling options to expand its footprints in the country. The company has already made requests along with a long list of demand to the Indian government. The concessions sought by Apple include exemption of duty on local manufacturing and repair units, components and capital equipment. The company has also sought relaxations for consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service or repair for 15 years.