Apple to assemble iPhone 6s Plus in Bengaluru soon

Apple to assemble iPhone 6s Plus in Bengaluru soon

After Xiaomi announced three new manufacturing units in India earlier this week, Apple has apparently begun the test production of iPhone 6s Plus - its highest selling model - in the country.

Hong Kong-based Counterpoint estimates the iPhone 6 series contributes nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India in 2017 as compared to less than 15% generated from iPhone SE, the only Apple smartphone model to be locally assembled in the Wistron plant till now.

This measure forced Apple to seek methods to keep the price of its phone down and stay competitive.

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Local assembly of iPhone SE has helped a lot in preventing the prices hick by 6-7 percent.

Once local capacity rises, the costs should get corrected as Apple won't be dependent on Chinese imports. The country raised imported smartphone tariffs from 10 to 15 percent last December, and then from 15 to 20 percent this February. In India, the iPhone SE can be bought for as low as Rs 18,799, while the iPhone 6S Plus can be found at Rs 37,999 on ecommerce platforms like Amazon India. For more on this, read the full Indian Times report here. Apple's goal is to meet government requirements necessary to reduce the price of iPhones within India.

A customer tries out an iPhone 6s Plus and an iPhone 6s at an Apple Store.

Though Apple has chose to assemble iPhone 6s in India, there are no plans for the company to start building their new devices in India anytime soon.

Apple plans to start manufacturing another iPhone in India, according to a new report. In total, there are five sourcing plants which includes Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and Chinabased Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru. This would bring the price of the iPhone 6s to the same level as that of the One Plus. However, the iPhone SE remained unaffected as it was manufactured in India since previous year.