Apple to start making iPhones in Bengaluru from April

Apple plans to make iPhones in BengaluruApple plans to make iPhones in Bengaluru

Apple plans to make iPhones for the Indian market in Bengaluru. Wistron, a Taiwanese OEM maker for Apple, is setting up a facility in Peenya, the city’s industrial hub, to manufacture the iPhones. The facility will start production from next April, according to industry sources.

“Bangalore is being looked at seriously,” said multiple sources within the company. Local manufacture will help Apple price its phones competitively as full imports attract 12.5% additional duty.

Foxconn, Apple’s largest Taiwan-based OEM, earlier committed to setting up a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra. The assumption was the plant would make only Apple products. But sources say Foxconn has tied up with other players like Xiaomi and OnePlus for local manufacture and not necessarily to only make Apple products there.

Apple has published job openings on its portal for a few positions at its OEM’s factory in Bengaluru like operations program manager and product quality manager. Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst (telecom) at CyberMedia Research, said, “Apple coming to India is a big booster for the make in India initiative.”

This will be Apple’s second big announcement for Bengaluru. In May, Apple announced a design and development accelerator in the city to grow the iOS developer community and also to guide Indian developers to leverage Apple’s programming language Swift and build apps for Apple TV and Apple Watch. The facility will open early next year.

 The Bengaluru manufacturing facility underscores India’s importance for the Cupertino-based company. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s multi-city India tour earlier this year signalled the growing importance of India powered by the demand for Apple products by a burgeoning middle class.

13 Comments on "Apple to start making iPhones in Bengaluru from April"

  1. awesome

  2. SK Rajibul Hossain | January 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Reply

    Nice

  3. very good

  4. superb

  5. AWSOME

  6. Amit kumar Singh | January 21, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    nice

  7. if a manufacturer were an Indian then its profitable for India otherwise we will be loser of croreS of rupees which will be drained to abroad. but it would be a cleverness if after learning all manufacturing ,design,procedures the abroad company should be flown away and indigenous product should be produced to be claimed as “”BE INDIAN AND BUY INDIAN”” please remember all my fellow making INDIA greaT…..KKKK

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