Apple could begin production of the iPhone X in India by this July, claims reports by The Economic Times, suggesting manufacturing partner Foxconn will begin production at its new Chennai plant in eastern India.
According to an official with knowledge of the company’s plans, Apple will soon move iPhone X production to India after initially assigning production partner Wistron to produce iPhone SE and iPhone 6 models in the country in 2017.
Rumors late last year hinted Apple may soon branch high-end iPhone production out to India. The apparent expansion comes after Foxconn supposedly invested $356 million to expand its operations in the country to accommodate increased iPhone production, creating as many as 25,000 jobs in the process.
Apple is said to be planning a major overhaul to its strategy in India, with reports suggesting the company is planning official Apple retail locations in New Delhi, Bengaluru & Mumbai, alongside a reform of existing third-party retailer relationships.
India’s Economic Times says that volume production of the iPhone X is set to begin in July, with the possibility of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max could also be produced in the country this year too.
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn will begin from July the commercial production of iPhone X range of smartphones for Apple from its 160-acre factory off Chennai, people aware of Foxconn’s India plans told ET. – Foxconn will begin with the iPhoneX (range) from the Chennai plant. The plans are to step up production capacity and diversify to even higher models going forward, said an official privy to the company’s plans, on conditions of anonymity.