iPhones in India at Bengaluru by April 2017. Wistron, a Taiwanese OEM maker for
Apple, is setting up a facility in Peenya, the city’s industrial hub, to
manufacture the iPhones and will start production from next April 2017. Along
with that the company has already posted a handful of job listings in the country with various
positions like iPhone Operations Manager, Operations Program Manager including
Vendor Manager, Regional Field Sales Manager, Site Reliability Engineer,
Partnership Manager, Demand Generation Program Manager, Software Engineering
Lead, and several others. This is great news for Indian people having an
opportunity to work in Apple Company.
Top sources in the company confirmed to TOI that Apple is “very
serious” about beginning assembly operations —and thereafter full
manufacture — in India by the end of next year. “Bangalore is being looked
at seriously,” said multiple sources within the company. Local manufacture
will help Apple price its phones competitively as full imports attract 12.5%
As earlier Foxconn, Apple’s largest
Taiwan-based OEM committed to set up a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra India.
It is said that it will mainly focus on producing iPhones on a plant built in
Maharashtra but sources say Foxconn has tied up with other players
like Xiaomi and OnePlus for local manufacture and not necessarily to
only make Apple products there.
Apple setting up a base to build iPhones
in India is a big deal for the company, as India is another basically untapped
market for the company, which will open in a big way once it can avoid that
import tariff. It’s also been a long time coming for the Cupertino-based
company, which has been trying to manufacture, and sell, its iPhones in India
for quite some time now.
announcement for Bengaluru. In May, Apple announced a design and development
accelerator in the city to grow the iOS developer community and also to guide
Indian developers to leverage Apple’s programming language Swift and build apps
for Apple TV and Apple Watch. The facility will open early next year.