Apple's high-end iPhones will be assembled at Foxconn's facility in Sriperumbudur town of Tamil Nadu. This move by Apple with Foxconn in India is undoubtedly an advantage for iPhone enthusiasts who can no longer burn their pocket to buy a top-end iPhone, as there would no more be custom import duty charges. It was not known whether the plans for Tamil Nadu included moving production out of China, where fears of the trade war with the United States have caused Taiwanese investors to look for alternatives, including returning to the island.
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The Hindu newspaper first reported on December 24 that the Foxconn plant would begin manufacturing various models of the iPhone. The company reduced the prices for iPhone X past year since it introduced new 2018 iPhones models globally. If the reports are true, we might see a reduced cost of iPhone X variants in India and it may also help Apple to strengthen their position in the world's fastest-growing smartphone market.
Full details of Apple's deal with Foxconn are not yet clear and could change.
It should be noted that it's now unknown whether Foxconn is planning to move its existing iPhone assembly from China to India. Additionally, it is also not confirmed whether the production will be confined to assembly or include some component production in the country. If that goes ahead, it will be one of the biggest recent steps by a major company to secure an additional production base outside of China. According to the new estimate Apple is expected to manufacture 45 million units for the quarter, down from the 50 million earlier forecast. Apple and Foxconn did not respond to Reuters' queries on the development.