Q&A .. All you need to know about iPhones made in India


Previous reports revealed that Apple started manufacturing iPhone phones in India, a step the company believes is good for it as it moves it from relying on China only to manufacture iPhones to more countries, but at the same time there are some questions about the future of the iPhone with this new step, Below we show what exactly an iPhone made in India means for all parties – Apple and consumers, as follows:

Does Apple Really ‘Build’ iPhones in India?

In the literal sense of the word, no, as Apple is already assembling iPhones in India, and this is not a new thing, as the iPhone device that was assembled in India means that Apple is still providing all components from different parts of the world, these components are once again manufactured in many From other countries, simply, Apple gets all of its components from various sources to India and then the iPhone is assembled – not actually made – in India.

When did Apple start assembling iPhones in India?

Apple started assembling iPhones for the first time in India in 2017 using the iPhone SE through its manufacturing partner Wistron in Bangalore, in 2018, Wistron started assembling iPhone 6s in Bangalore as well, a year later, it was the turn of iPhone 7 to be manufactured in Bangalore.

In 2019, another Apple manufacturing partner – Foxconn – came and the iPhone XR also joined the list of iPhones assembled in India, that was in 2019 when Apple stopped assembling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s, in 2020, the iPhone 11 was assembled. And the new iPhone SE by Foxconn and Wistron in Chennai and Bangalore respectively. Apple has now confirmed that the latest iPhone 12 will be “manufactured” in India very soon.

How will assembling iPhones in India help Apple?

According to Prabhu Ram, head of Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CyberMedia Research, the iPhone 12 will help Apple “build on its growth momentum in the run-up to the all-important holiday season in India. Later this year, Ram also says that Apple.” Continuing to gain strength in India on the back of its ambitious enduring appeal, prudent pricing and aggressive marketing initiatives, “The assembly of more iPhone models in India will give Apple a massive push as well.

Will iPhones be cheaper in India anytime soon?

No, it is very unlikely that even with all the hype around the “Made” phenomenon entirely in India, customers will pay less for iPhones. This is due to various reasons. For starters, as we said, these phones do not contain any local components and are assembled, it will not go down. IPhone production cost and as long as it doesn’t, we’re unlikely to see a drop in prices.

Will consumers see any benefit in “making” iPhones in India?

Shilpi Jain, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, thinks that with an iPhone 12 assembled locally, there is likely to be a steady supply of the smartphone, Jain says: “What this can mean is that buyers can get better deals and offers on e-commerce sites and it might. They find old and new iPhones at a discount. ”Jane also believes that the ambitious value of Apple means that despite the importance of the price, there will always be a section of buyers who will pay a premium for an iPhone.“ The cost may not decrease, but people are willing to pay. Besides Apple – whether it’s in India or anywhere else. “

Why stay expensive iPhones in India?

The price of iPhones in India, when compared to most other countries, is among the highest, it is unlikely that assembling the new and old iPhones will lead to lower prices. On all imported iPhones, Apple will have to pay customs duties of about 22%, not only that. You have to add 18% GST on iPhone devices, all these taxes and fees raise the iPhone price in India.

What is the benefit of Apple assembling iPhones in India?

First of all, by assembling iPhones in India, Apple is saving about 20% of the import duties that the government of India levies on imported electronic items, now, if you are wondering if this is the case, why not lower the prices? This is because all iPhones sold in India – or unlikely to be in the near future – are not those that were assembled in India, the supply may increase in the future but it is still limited so far.


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