Bangalore, December 30 2018: The biggest tech story in this last week of 2018 was the exclusive Reuters report quoting unnamed sources that contract manufacturer Foxconn is all set to manufacture high end iPhones at its plant in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, early in the new year.
This could be Apple's way of boosting its miniscule share of the Indian smart phone market, estimated to be about 1 percent. It will also address Indian government regulations which increasingly push handset makers to source from within country. |Apple has largely neglected the India mobile device market -- arguably one of the world's largest -- has done little to set up a marketing organization or a worthwhile distribution chain.
US media is speculating that the make-in-India move might be a response to its flat sales in many other global markets.
Foxconn, which already makes phones for Xiaomi Corp in India, is expected to put in some $ 356 million of its own money into the venture says the Reuters report.