INTRO: Apple brought a much-awaited upgrade to the first iPhone SE to India earlier this year. The iPhone SE (2020) or iPhone SE 2, as some like better to call it, is now the foremost affordable iPhone sold by Apple in India. But because the ‘vocal for local’ sentiment echoes strongly across the country, the Cupertino giant looks to contribute by assembling the iPhone SE (2020) in India.
Apple Begins Manufacturing of iPhone SE (2020) in India.
Apple’s manufacturing partner, Wistron, has started assembling the new iPhone SE (one that resembles the iPhone 8 and packs the center of iPhone 11) at its Bengaluru facility. This news comes just a few days after we learned that Wistron is bulking up its workforce and could manufacture the upcoming iPhone 12 series in India in 2021.
“New iPhone SE packs our most powerful chip into our hottest size at our most affordable price and that we are excited to be making it in India for our local customers,” said Apple in a politician statement (via IANS).
Currently, the corporate hasn’t provided any details for when users are going to be ready to buy the new iPhone SE (2020) with the ‘Assembled in India’ tag. We can, however, expect to ascertain these locally manufactured iPhones on store shelves over the approaching weeks. All e-tailers will soon mention an equivalent on their websites also .
The biggest question of all is – How will the local assembly of iPhone SE (2020) benefit the buyer?
Well, Apple currently must pay 20 percent duty on each iPhone that it ships to India from its other manufacturing hubs. The company can now avoid these import costs but it’ll still need to pay taxes on individual parts. Overall, you’ll expect Apple to declare a price-cutting for its most affordable offering within the coming weeks. It currently starts at Rs. 42,500 (or $399 in the US) in India.
Apart from the iPhone SE (2020), the Cupertino giant already assembles its flagship iPhone 11 series and popular & colorful iPhone XR within the country. This is a welcome move from Apple in support of the long-running ‘Make in India’ program. It will see Apple sell more of those affordable iPhones, which has already sold 10 million units in Q2 2020.