Updated: August 27, 2020 7:10:04 pm
Apple’s latest budget iPhone SE (2020) is now being assembled in India at Wistron’s plant in Kolar, Karnataka. The original iPhone SE was the first iPhone to be made in India and now there are four models being produced here, including the iPhone 11.
iPhones assembled in India
The first iPhone SEs were assembled by Wistron at its Bengaluru plant. Soon after the iPhone 6s also began to be made locally in 2018. Next in the line was the iPhone 7 in 2019, again at Wistron’s Bengaluru plant.
Notably, by the time Apple began assembling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 in the country, these models had become old and quite affordable for the Indian market. The more affordable iPhone XR is assembled at Foxconn’s Chennai plant which also makes the iPhone 11.
iPhone 12 to be locally manufactured?
Apple has reportedly delayed the launch of the upcoming iPhone aka iPhone 12 series till mid-October. According to a report in the Business Standard, Apple is exploring opportunities to begin assembling iPhone 12 locally by the middle of 2021. The report suggests this will be outsourced to Wistron, which is prepping up by hiring about 1,000 new workers at its Bengaluru plant. Given how Apple has been moving assembly of newer models to India, this seems like a possibility at the moment.
There are also reports that the iPhone XR will be discontinued once the iPhone 12 becomes available.
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