Apple will reportedly start assembling the latest iPhone 13 smartphone in India soon, as the company has started trial production of the phone in the Foxconn plant near Chennai. This news comes just three months after the flagship iPhone 13 series were introduced. Apple is expected to start the commercial production some time in February 2022 for both local sales and export.
Apple started assembling the iPhone 12, locally in India at the same Foxconn plant in Chennai earlier this year. The iPhone 12 officially received a Rs. 14000 price cut in September after the launch of iPhone 13, and it was sold during Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale for Rs. 49,999.
It is doubtful if the iPhone 13 will get a price cut immediately after the company starts selling the locally assembled phone. Producing the new iPhone in India could possibly save Apple import duties.
In the past, Apple had manufactured the iPhone SE 2020, locally at the Wistron facility in Bengaluru. Based on recent reports, Apple is planning to open its first company-owned India outlet in Mumbai by next year.