Reuters reported that Foxconn now makes Xiaomi phones in India, while Apple already uses Taiwanese Wistron Corporation's facilities in Bengaluru to manufacturer the company's lower-end iPhone SE and iPhone 6S devices.
Despite any number of stories claiming that Apple's iPhone XR isn't selling as well as anticipated, a new research report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) paints a slightly more optimistic picture. The minister also said the expansion will create as many as 25,000 new jobs.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the report.
The Hindu recently reported it, wherein the newspaper underlined that Foxconn plant would be initiating the production of several iPhones.
By contrast, in 2017, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released right away and the iPhone X was delayed about a month from its announcement to let the hype build up. Moreover, it is also not clear if any iPhone assembly is being shifted to existing Foxconn facilities in China or somewhere else. Due to import taxes, an iPhone XS 64GB now costs $1421 United States dollars in India!
For Apple, widening assembly beyond China is critical to mitigate the risks of the Sino-U.S. trade war.
Foxconn has previously admitted the China-U.S. trade spat was its biggest challenge and that its senior executives were making plans to counter the impact.
The Taiwanese contract manufacturer has been making Apple devices for many years but Apple decides where it should assemble the devices.
Apple shocked investors last month with a lower-than-expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter that jolted parts suppliers across the world.