Apple is reportedly manufacturing its iPhone 6s, alongside the iPhone SE in Wistron’s manufacturing plant in Bengaluru. However, it’s said that there will be no changes in pricing of the handsets until production is ramped up.
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Apple has reportedly commenced commercial manufacturing its iPhone 6s in India, at its Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Wistron’s Bengaluru facility. The company was having a trial production run for the iPhone 6s since April and the device was chosen because of its sales potential, states a report by The Economic Times, citing two unnamed senior industry executives. If the report is to be believed, then the Apple iPhone 6s will also be exempted from any tax raises, similar to the iPhone SE.
Apple is also said to be considering expansion of local manufacturing and is speculated to start manufacturing older iPhone models in India like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 series of handsets. “The made-in-India iPhone 6s will be only sold in India like iPhone SE since it will take time to scale up capacity. In fact, Apple will continue with the import of iPhone 6s until capacity improves. Hence, there will be no price correction for the locally manufactured units. The made-in-India iPhone 6s model will hit the stores soon,” the executive told The Economic Times.
Apple last increased the prices of its devices after the announcement of the Union Budget. To recall, the 2018-19 union budget implemented a hike in import duty of phones from 15 to 20 percent. Thus, the price increase was observed in almost every Apple device that is imported, except the iPhone SE, which is manufactured in India. Additionally, back in December last year, Apple had to increase the prices of its phones from 10 to 15 percent as the government hiked the import tax. The reason for both the hikes has been an effort to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative and increase local manufacturing of devices and components. You can read more about it here.
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