Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 22-10-2019
Apple has started selling its popular iPhone XR phones assembled in India, as it looks to expand its share in the world’s second-largest smartphone market where it has struggled against cheaper products from rivals.
Reuters reports the phones are being assembled at Taipei-based contract manufacturer Foxconn’s India factory.
This will the Cupertino, California-based company avoid high levies on the import of fully-built devices as well as meet local sourcing norms for opening its own retail stores in India.
iPhone XR boxes with an “Assembled in India” tag were seen on Monday in many of the country’s electronic product retailers, including Croma, with a price tag of 49,900 Indian rupees (R 10,200) for the 64 GB version.
The company has slashed iPhone XR prices in India to counter a prolonged sales slowdown amid fierce competition from premium smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus.
Earlier this year Reuters had reported that the company would assemble its top-end iPhones in India.