Apple to assemble iPhone 6s Plus in Bengaluru soon

Laverne Higgins
April 14, 2018

Due to government policies, producing the phone within India can cut its price by 5 to 7 percent, though Apple will need to produce India's entire demand for the model within the country to see the full savings.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) manufacturer Wistron has begun trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus with commercial production coming within the next couple of weeks, according to Economic Times.

But the source told IBTimes India, that the model, which the company is planning to roll out from the Bengaluru plant is the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s model and not the iPhone 6s Plus. If prices drop that low, iPhones could become as affordable as OnePlus phones or certain Samsung phones, The Economic Times notes.

Apple started assembling the iPhone in India in an effort to reduce costs for local consumers. With increased local production, the prices will eventually get corrected, a source revealed to the publication. Emails sent to Apple India and Wistron did not elicit any response as of press time Thursday.

Local assembly of iPhone SE has helped a lot in preventing the prices hick by 6-7 percent.

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The Indian government has steadily raised the customs duty on imported mobile phones from 10 per cent to 20 per cent.

During the declaration of the Union Budget for the year, the government imposed a ten percent customs duty hike on components like printed circuit boards populated with memory and chips, camera modules and connectors. According to industry executives, Apple is in talks with manufacturers like Flex, Foxconn and Wistron to expand local sourcing, including components.

According to the report, Wistron has set up a new assembly line for the almost three-year-old iPhone 6s Plus, which is now one of Apple's most popular phones in India.

Apple would also try to make the parts and the packaging in India as well.

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.

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