Beijing (PingWest)—Apple has started making its flagship iPhone 11 at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, Indian newspaper the Economic Times reported.
The Taiwan-headquartered multinational electronics contract manufacturer has already made the iPhone XR and the original iPhone SE in India, but it's the first time the iPhone 11 series has been produced here.
“Significant boost to Make in India! Apple has started manufacturing iPhone 11 in India, bringing a top-of-the-line model for the first time in the country.” Piyush Goyal, Indian Commerce Minister, wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Apple will increase production in phases and may consider exporting iPhone 11 made in India to cut its reliance on China, which manufactures the majority of iPhone models, said the report.
The move aims to leverage the country's Made in India initiative, which reportedly means that Apple can sell the iPhone 11 in India without facing the current 22% import tariff. The company hasn’t cut prices as it also sells Chinese-made iPhone 11 handsets in India but industry executives said that could be an option later on.
Previously, Foxconn's Chennai plant faced an interruption as components were delayed at the ports in a dispute between India and China.
The Taiwan-headquartered manufacturer plans to invest $1 billion in its operations in India, Reuters reported earlier this month. In June this year, New Delhi announced a $6.6 billion plan to attract top smartphone manufacturers.