India-made iPhone XS & iPhone XR models will be sold locally in August

in iPhone edited July 2019
Indian-made versions of the iPhone XS and XR should launch in India this August, a report claimed on Thursday.

iPhone XR

Some needed approvals are still waiting to be stamped, a Reuters source indicated. It's also unclear how much less locally-made models will cost, but they may be cheaper thanks to Apple not having to pay import fees.

Assembly is allegedly being handled by Foxconn, Apple's primary manufacturing partner. The latter earlier confirmed plans to produce iPhones in India, but only separate rumors pointed to the iPhone X line.

Until now Apple has only been producing far older iPhones in the country, such as the iPhone SE, 6, and 7, and mainly through Wistron. The company is only just beginning to export iPhones to the European market.

Apple controls a marginal portion of the Indian smartphone market because of the high cost of its devices, especially after import fees. An imported iPhone XR, for example, starts at $1,123 in India versus $749 in the U.S. The local average selling price of phones is a far lower $150.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,170member
    Excellent news. They should expand manufacturing into Vietnam,Bangladesh, Indonesia,Thailand & Malaysia as well. 
    edited July 2019 watto_cobra
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    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,246member
    Well I have the U.S. has just as high of IMPORT FEE's of their products coming here just to be fair.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,820member
    I fully support taking any kind of manufacturing out of China.  Let's hope it one day reaches 100% OUT of China!
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