Apple, Foxconn to begin mass production of iPhones in India this year

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Foxconn, the chief manufacturer of the iPhone among other devices, is planning mass production of Apple’s latest smartphones in India.

According to a report by the South China Morning Post, the Taiwanese company will produce Apple’s latest devices in the Asian subcontinent, as well as China. Production of new devices will begin in Chennai once a “trial production” period is completed.

The move largely coincides with the recession of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou’s responsibilities. He announced that he will be stepping back from day-to-day operations at the company, as it expands into other fields like AI, and other markets like India.

iPhones have been produced in India, but on a smaller scale. Foxconn’s move to India will also likely allow Apple to become a bigger player within the second largest smartphone market.

It’s not clear how producing iPhones in India will affect the production in China, whether the latter will suffer or the former will simply allow Apple higher potential sales.

At present, Foxconn produces HMD Global’s Nokia smartphones and Xiaomi devices within India’s borders.

Feature image: The iPhone 8, by Hadlee Simons/Memeburn

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