Apple has begun production of the Apple iPhone 13 in India at the Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur, Chennai. This is consistent with a recent report that Apple will begin production in April, despite reports in December that commercial production would begin in February. Apple began manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017 with the release of the original iPhone SE. At its September hardware event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 series. The lineup has four models, including a mini version.
iPhone 13 Production Has Begun in India
The production of the smartphone at the Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, was to begin in January of this year. However, the plan was halted in December after women workers protested food poisoning.
“We are thrilled to begin manufacturing iPhone 13 — with its stunning design, advanced camera systems for stunning photos and videos, and the incredible performance of the A15 Bionic chip — right here in India for our local customers,” Apple said in a statement.
Local production enables Apple to avoid high tariffs, resulting in a price reduction of more than 20 per cent. In March of last year, the company began assembling the iPhone 12 in India at the Foxconn plant in Chennai.
This enabled it to reduce the price by Rs. 14,000 in September, following the release of the smartphone. However, it is unclear whether the iPhone 13 will reduce in price after the Apple iPhone 14 is out.
Apple already manufactures the Apple iPhone 11 and Apple iPhone 12 at the Foxconn plant, as well as the iPhone SE at the Wistron plant in Bengaluru. According to estimates, Apple manufactures nearly 70percent of the smartphones it sells in India.
According to reports, the company is looking to produce more models in India. This also means that Apple is shifting a significant portion of its production from China to India, courtesy of the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program.
According to the Cupertino company, Apple’s supplier sites in India use solar and wind energy and generate no waste that is disposed of in landfills. Apple launched its online store in September 23, 2020, and is reportedly preparing to open the country’s first official Apple Store, which will reportedly be in Mumbai.