The company is also planning to make the new iPhone SE at the Wistron plant near Bengaluru.
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In a tweet, the minister said: "Significant boost to Make in India!" The original iPhone SE and iPhone 6s were assembled by Wistron, but those were discontinued in 2019.
Assembling mobile handsets in India allows smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, to avoid nearly 20 percent import duty that the Indian government levies on imported electronics. That could reportedly mean Apple being able to sell the iPhone 11 in India without facing the current 22% import duties. Last year in October last year, Apple started manufacturing the iPhone XR locally in India. This follows reports that Foxconn will invest $1 billion to expand its factory in Tamil Nadu, over a period of three years.
Apple plans to launch its online store in India in a few months and open its first brick-and-mortar retail store next year, chief executive Tim Cook announced earlier this year.
The iPhone maker now commands roughly 1% of the smartphone market in India, but is among firms that dominate the premium handset segment (phones priced at $400 or above).