IPhone 6S Plus to be Made in India, get cheaper

IPhone 6S Plus to be Made in India, get cheaper

The Economic Times, citing two people familiar with Apple's plans, reports that the iPhone 6s Plus is already in trial production in Bangalore - where Wistron recently put together a deal that will allow it to expand its manufacturing facility with a $157 million investment.

Partner Wistron has already started trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus at its Bengalore plant, where it has been assembling the iPhone SE since a year ago. The Economic Times claims that it's set up a new assembly line which will be up and ready within the next couple of weeks. To recall, Apple had hiked iPhone rates twice after the government raised customs duties in December 2017 and February 2018. It might soon be time for the iPhone 6S Plus to be similarly shielded from import tax fluctuations. With increased local production, the prices will eventually get corrected, a source revealed to the publication.

Apparently, it is believed that the locally produced iPhone 6s Plus can bring down prices of the phone by five to seven percent. In India, the iPhone SE can be bought for as low as Rs 18,799, while the iPhone 6S Plus can be found at Rs 37,999 on ecommerce platforms like Amazon India. If Apple is able to make parts in India, it could price its iPhones even lower.

Earlier this month, the government imposed a 10% custom duty on components like printed circuit boards populated with memory and chips, camera modules and connectors.

Apple has also added Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and China-based Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru for global sourcing.

In India, the nearly three-year-old iPhone 6S Plus remains popular as it costs less than other flagships like the iPhone 8 or X but has numerous same core features such as a 5.5-inch retina display, a 12-megapixel camera, and 4K video recording. After a number of price cuts, its now sub-Rs 20,000 price has made an extremely affordable iPhone in the country.

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