Apple has started producing the iPhone SE (2020) in India. The new development comes a little over four months after the launch of the latest iPhone model in the country. The local manufacturing of the iPhone SE (2020), which has commenced at a Wistron facility in Karnataka, would help Apple avoid an import duty of 20 percent that mobile phone manufacturers need to pay for importing their models from global markets. Apart from the iPhone SE (2020), the Cupertino giant has been producing five iPhone models domestically in the country, including the last year’s iPhone 11.
In a statement emailed to Gadgets 360, Apple said, “iPhone SE packs our most powerful chip into our most popular size at our most affordable price and we’re excited to be making it in India for our local customers.”
The push into India is not new. Major Apple suppliers including Wistron, Foxconn, and others have all recently applied for an Indian government scheme hoped to motivate foreign investment in the struggling economy.
Apple currently produces the iPhone XR, expected to produce the upcoming iPhone 12, and now the iPhone SE in India with confirmed intent to expand its production capabilities. Apple’s expansion into India, away from China will not only produce more jobs but also lower local product costs given there’s no need for tariffs and/or import/export taxes.