LATEST NEWS – Apple is likely to begin producing iPhones for the local market in Bengaluru as early as April this year, helping bring down the cost of its premium devices and appealing to a larger base of buyers.
The world’s largest smartphone maker has contracted its Taiwanese supplier Wistron to locally assemble devices at its plant in Peenya, an industrial suburb of Bengaluru. However, the scale of Apple’s India manufacturing operation is still hinged on negotiations with the Central government over sops.
“Winston has begun upgrading infrastructure at the Peenya location, indicating Apple is keen to make iPhones here. An agreement is yet to be signed,” a government official said. “More details will emerge once Apple’s talks with the Central government is over,” the official added.
In a statement on Thursday, the Karnataka IT minister said that Apple representatives had met with the state’s ministers and officials on manufacturing devices here. Apple’s delegation was led by Priya Balasubramaniam, vice-president iPhone operations, a native of Bengaluru city who joined Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino in 2001. READ MORE