Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn will begin assembling top-end iPhones in India as early as 2019, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.
Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive Apple smartphone models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, potentially taking Apple’s business in India to a new level, the report said.
The work will take place at Foxconn’s plant in Sriperumbudur town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the source was quoted as saying.
Foxconn, which already makes phones for Xiaomi in India, will invest 25 billion Indian rupees (US$356 million) to expand the plant, including investment in iPhone production, Tamil Nadu’s Industries Minister M C Sampath told Reuters.
The investment may create as many as 25,000 jobs, he added.
Another source also told Reuters that Foxconn plans to assemble more iPhones in India, in a move that could help both it and Apple to limit the impact of a trade war between the US and China.
Until now, Apple has only assembled the lower-cost SE and 6S models in India through Wistron Corp’s local unit in Bangalore.
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