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'i' in iPhone 11 now stands for India-made: Apple for the first time makes a top-of-the-line model


KOLKATA: Apple has started making its flagship iPhone 11 at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, the first time it’s manufactured a top-of-the-line model in the country, marking a boost for the government’s Make in India initiative.


Production will be stepped up in phases and Apple may consider exporting the India-made iPhone 11, reducing its dependence on China, two senior industry executives said.


The company hasn’t cut prices as it also sells iPhone 11 handsets made in China in  in India but industry executives said that could be an option later on. Local production saves Apple 22% import duty.


Apple is said to be considering a plan to make the new iPhone SE at the Wistron plant near Bengaluru, the executives said. The unit used to produce the earlier iPhone SE, which was been withdrawn.


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