Apple is planning to manufacture iPhone 12 locally in India in the near future as the new models will be ready to ship by mid 2021. The production will be handled by Apple’s supply chain partner Wistron at its Narasapur plant near Bengaluru.
According to the report by Business Standard, Wistron is planning to hire around 10,000 additional employees in a phased manner for their facility and begin manufacturing by october. Approximately 1,000 workers are already working on the project at the facility.
Due to local production of iPhone is India, Apple will bypass import duties which would effect the cost of the phone for the customers. The import duties an be as high as 22 percent. Production of iPhone SE can also be seen later in this year as well.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this month revealed that Apple’s contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron had applied for a $6.64 billion (roughly Rs. 49,768 crores) scheme under the government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) plan to embrace and expand local manufacturing in the country.
Apple is trying to cement its place in India, the one of the biggest smartphone market in the world. Foxconn and Wistronn already produces iPhone locally in southern states of India. Pegatron is also planning to set up a plant in India in future. There are also rumors about the opening of Apple’s first flagship store in India in 2021.