Buyers of Apple’s iPhone SE could be greeted with a “Made in India” tag on the device as Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron recently conducted a trial run at its iPhone plant in Bengaluru. iPhone SE devices produced during the trial run will make their way to stores within the next two weeks, while full-scale production will take more time, said a source close to the development. Apple confirmed that production of its devices had begun at its sole facility in India.
Apple’s production of iPhones in India comes a year after CEO Tim Cook visited India last May during which he also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the meet, Apple is said to have discussed local manufacturing of iPhones in India.
Since then, the government has turned down Apple’s demands for tax sops to manufacture iPhones in the country for the export market, but the lure of India’s fast growing smartphone market has forced the company to produce devices locally anyway.
India has become a major focus for Apple, which is witnessing a drop in sales of its iPhones in developed markets such as the US and China. Since the country’s appetite for expensive flagship devices is still small, Apple continues to produce iPhone 5s to compete with players such as Xiaomi, Motorola, Samsung , among others in the mid-level market.