Following up on a January report that Apple planned to produce cheap iPhone 6s models at a new production facility in Bengaluru, India, the country's Economic Times said today that Apple is trialing iPhone 6s Plus production, with plans to begin domestic manufacturing in two weeks.
Though Apple has chose to assemble iPhone 6s in India, there are no plans for the company to start building their new devices in India anytime soon.
Producing the phone in India can cut its price by up to 5% to 7% or higher if Apple gets phone component and packaging locally. The iPhone 6S, on-the-other-hand, accounts for nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India a year ago.
According to the report, Wistron has set up a new assembly line for the almost three-year-old iPhone 6s Plus, which is now one of Apple's most popular phones in India. The commercial production is expected to start in the next couple of weeks.
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This will make iPhone 6s Plus more competitive alongside devices from the likes of Samsung and OnePlus, which are popular in India as a result of their more affordable price tag. Apple has also started discussing with its vendors and contract manufacturers like Flex, Foxconn and Wistron to expand sourcing in India.
"However, the price correction may not be reflected immediately since Wistron will not be able to fully meet the entire requirement of iPhone 6s Plus in India and imports from China will continue", one of them said.
It's only when the local manufacturing plan "gains scale" will the buyers see a price correction. For more on this, read the full Indian Times report here.
Apple has also added Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and China-based Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru for global sourcing.