Apple Starts Producing iPhone 6s In India In An Attempt To Avoid Import Taxes
The news of Apple planning to manufacture iPhone 6s in India dates all the way back to January alongside the smaller iPhone SE. Now as an extension to the report, we are hearing that the production is underway. This would be the next step for Apple and there are certain reasons why Apple is manufacturing the device in India. So let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.
Apple's iPhone 6s Production Is Underway In India, Cheaper iPhone For The Locals?
As we have mentioned earlier, Apple's production of the iPhone 6s is underway in India. One of the many reasons for local manufacturing of iPhone SE is to avoid import taxes imposed by the Indian government. These taxes are put in place as part of the Made in India initiative. The report was carried by the Economic Times:
Apple has started commercial production of the iPhone 6s in India since last week at the Bengaluru facility of its Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Wistron that has set up a new line for the handsets, two senior industry executives said.
The Cupertino-based maker of iPhones and Mac computers already makes iPhone SE since last May at the Wistron facility, which will now produce two iPhone models locally. Apple was undertaking trial production for the second iPhone model in the 6 series since April and chose iPhone 6s due to its sales potential, the executives said.
The region has been looking forward and strengthening the import taxes, raising it two times on the smartphones. At first, the increase was from 10-15 percent and then all the way up to 20 percent. However, if any locals are hoping for a massive price drop then they should think again. However, there are certain benefits attached to it.
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.
There will be more to the story, So be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the iPhone 6s production in India? Do you think the locals will see cheaper iPhone 6s models? Share your views in the comments.