iPhone XR Assembled In India Now Hits The Market
Anita - Oct 22, 2019
Apple has made its budget iPhone XR phones in India, which helps the company avoid duties it has to pay to the Indian government.
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The first batch of India-made iPhone XR was available at retail stores in India. For the recent two years, Apple has only produced old-gen iPhone models in India. The production of the iPhone XR in India is a big step forward because this is a quite-new iPhone that is still popular in the world.
Earlier, Apple made old-gen iPhones like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 in India. While the iPhone 8, iPhone X and even newer models are still being manufactured in China. Apple has begun to produce iPhone XR locally at Foxconn's facility in Chennai, India.
We've heard reports suggesting that Apple is working with Indian companies to make the latest iPhones. This decision of the company is being accelerated due to the escalating US-China trade war.
Last year, when the iPhone XR was launched, it was sold at a higher price in India, resulting in poor sales. A few months after its release, Apple has significantly cut its price, thus the device has gained good sales in this country. However, at the time, Apple was still importing the iPhone XR into India, so the company had to pay high taxes.
But for now, Apple has begun producing iPhone XR in India, which will not be subject to such taxes. Producing iPhones in India helps this California-based company avoid the 20% import duty it pays to the Indian government. It is expected that iPhone XR will cost only about Rs. 44,990.
For further information, at the beginning of this year, Reuters reported that Apple would also make is high-end iPhones in India. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attempted to position the Indian economy as a hub for phone manufacturing. Smartphone makers such as Apple are also seeking to use this country as an export hub to avoid the impact of an escalating trade war between the U.S and China.