Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, The Economic Times reports the company is discussing the possibility of manufacturing a quantity of iPhone models at Foxconn’s Indian facilities. While an exact timeline for the production shift has yet to be fleshed out, the report estimates the change might come in the next two to three years.
“There’s definitely interest,” said an unnamed source. “When Tim Cook was here, the government raised the issue of making in India. It is after that that Apple started thinking of doing something in India which is long term.”
The report jibes with rumors earlier this year suggesting Foxconn plans to build a plant in India exclusively for Apple order cipro online products. Cheaper prices for locals, a faster time to market and another production hub are among the benefits of manufacturing in India. It might also give Apple an in to opening retail stores in the region.
India represents a huge opportunity for Apple as iPhone sales plateau. As a premium brand, however, iPhone is slow to catch on in the developing market. Figures released by research firm Strategy Analytics last month show Apple’s share of the Indian smartphone market fell 35 percent year-over-year to 2.4 percent during the quarter ending in June. Google’s Android, by contrast, owned 97.1 percent of the market.