Apple Confirms iPhone SE is Now 'Assembled in India' For Local Customers

Apple today confirmed that its second-generation iPhone SE is now being assembled in India for orders placed within the country.

In a statement shared with The Times of India, Apple said "iPhone SE packs our most powerful chip into our most popular size at our most affordable price and we're excited to be making it in India for our local customers."

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The new iPhone SE is being assembled by Wistron at its facility in Bengaluru, according to the report. Wistron also assembles iPhone 7 models in India, and in the past, it has assembled the original iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s in the country. Last week, it was reported that Wistron could start assembling iPhone 12 models in India next year as well.

Apple's largest manufacturing partner Foxconn has also made a push into India, where it now assembles iPhone 11 and iPhone XR models.

Wistron and Foxconn are among a growing number of Apple suppliers that have shifted more production to countries like India and Vietnam amid the U.S.-China trade war. Foxconn, which reportedly plans to invest up to $1 billion to expand its Indian operations, recently said that China's "days as the world's factory are done."

Foxconn and Pegatron are among several companies eyeing new factories in Mexico as well, possibly for iPhone assembly, according to Reuters.

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Top Rated Comments

4jasontv Avatar
27 weeks ago

w00t?, not in the USA? Apple really cares about its homeland and jobs there, and at the same time they shine with “Designed in California”. ?

Real Patriots, as they love to claim!

/s
Most Apple employees are in the USA. Good luck finding enough American engineers willing to do assembly work for minimum wage.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wood1208 Avatar
27 weeks ago
Very simple. For a long term(unless China's strategy of shameless stealing IP, design,product copying than sell it cheaper and use it to dominate world commerce gets under control - which I doubt will ever happen), any place other than China to build products is better for the rest of world.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
27 weeks ago

Well, Yes, most (direct) Apple employees are in the USA, but not the ones that weights more, jobs wise. With 2T$ I think they are able to build a plant there, and also pay decent salaries, but this just proves how greedy Tim Cook is.
Yeah, I don't think selling iPhones below cost is such a great idea. And I don't think customers would appreciate paying $100 or more more per phone to cover the added labor costs.

But don't worry, iPhone manufacturing WILL return to the USA some day. And there will be jobs for Americans there... maintaining the robots.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deaglecat Avatar
27 weeks ago
Not gonna lie, but I would be happier with a Chinese Made iphone. India is not known for high tech engineering of these modern marvels...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
27 weeks ago

Not gonna lie, but I would be happier with a Chinese Made iphone. India is not known for high tech engineering of these modern marvels...
Don’t worry the ones for the US market will be made in China. Apple is just doing this to circumvent tariffs.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Theyayarealivin Avatar
27 weeks ago
What about iPhone 12
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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