Apple has started the assemble of iPhone 12 in India, the US tech said, as the company ramps up manufacturing operations on the world second-biggest smartphone market.
“We are proud to be starting production of iPhone 12 in India for our local users,” Apple said in a statement on Thursday, without naming the supplier making the smartphone.
The Indian unit of Apple’s Taiwanese agreement manufacturer Foxconn will assemble the device in its plant in southern Tamil Nadu state, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Foxconn did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has previously said it does not comment on customer explicit work.
Apple has been shifting some areas of production from China to other markets as it navigates the trade war between Washington and Beijing. A person familiar with the matter said in November Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at its request.
Cupertino, California – headquartered Apple has bet big on India since it start iPhone get together in the country in 2017 by means of another Taiwanese sipplier, Wistron.
Foxconn, Wistron, and a third supplier Pegatron have together dedicated generally $900 million (generally Rs. 6,540 crore) more than five years to make iPhone models in India, using New Delhi’s $6.7 billion (generally Rs. 48,660 crore) plan to boost smartphone exports.
Apple is also planning to bring the assembly of its iPad tablet to India, Reuters reported a month ago.
“Nice to see our efforts to make India a big hub of mobile and components manufacturing is attracting global attention,” India’s technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted following news of iPhone 12 production in India.
“This will create jobs in large numbers.”