Apple is to set to begin ramping up assembly of the iPhone SE at its Bangalore manufacturing plant in India in the coming months, sources said on Friday (via Reuters).

Last month, Apple agreed a deal with the Indian government to commence manufacturing operations in the Karnataka-based facility, with Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron reportedly winning the contract to set up the plant and focus on assembling Apple's phones.

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That groundwork now appears to have paid off, with Wistron almost ready to begin assembling the lower-priced iPhone SE model and kick-start Apple's local production in India, home to the world's fastest growing major mobile market.

Recently, Apple has been in talks with the Indian federal government in relation to possible tax concessions if it agreed to manufacture its phones locally. However, industry sources with knowledge of the matter say the initial manufacturing of the iPhone SE is not contingent on any such concessions.

The Economic Times reported on Friday that Apple planned to initially assemble 300,000 to 400,000 iPhone SE handsets in India, but an industry source told Reuters the numbers would be substantially lower to begin with. The source also said it's too early to say what other iPhone models would be assembled at the Bengalore plant.

The move comes as Apple looks to offset slowing growth in China by boosting its share of the Indian mobile market, which is currently dominated by handsets far cheaper than iPhones. Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, and other players command the market there, where most phones are sold priced below 15,000 rupees ($225). The iPhone SE goes for $424 on Amazon.com's India site, by comparison.

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Top Rated Comments

dominiongamma Avatar
73 months ago
Oh, but I thought you needed local manufacturing talent? Couldn't possibly simply just start making them. F U Apple. You just can't be bothered to make iPhones in the USA.
No thanks I don't want lazy Americans making my iPhones and raising the prices on them just to satisfy a made in USA slogan.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dilbert99 Avatar
73 months ago
I remember many on here saying Apple wouldn't be able to build phones in the US because there was no supplier chain of parts built up. I guess that isn't a valid reason any more...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
splitpea Avatar
73 months ago
Please let that be a signal that they're committing to the SE form factor for more than the next 12 months!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoEw Avatar
73 months ago
Yeah
I remember many on here saying Apple wouldn't be able to build phones in the US because there was no supplier chain of parts built up. I guess that isn't a valid reason any more...
They can build here, but 100,000,000 a year? No way.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smacrumon Avatar
73 months ago
No thanks I don't want lazy Americans making my iPhones and raising the prices on them just to satisfy a made in USA slogan.
Actually, speak for yourself, yes, I want "lazy Americans" manufacturing iPhones, getting paid properly, working a humane number of hours each day. And and any costs associated, which there really are none, can be absorbed by the stock price and executive payments.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smacrumon Avatar
73 months ago
The alternate headline for this article was "Apple to begin exploiting workers in India with insanely low wages making iPhone SE".

It be nice if headlines summed up articles succinctly in an honest and informational manner like above.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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