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Apple Starts iPhone 7 Production in India: Report

The iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives to begin assembling more handsets and open its branded stores in India

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Giving an impetus to its India manufacturing plans, Apple has started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru.

Taiwanese industrial major Wistron already assembles iPhone 6S in the country.

“We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers furthering our long-term commitment in India,” an Apple spokesperson told IANS on Tuesday.

The assembling of iPhone 7 began last month.

Wistron, which announced last year plans to invest Rs 3,000 crore in the Narasupra industrial sector in Karnataka’s Kolar district, started Apple operations with assembling low-end iPhone SE and later iPhone 6S.

According to Wistron India head Gururaj A, the company would set up an iPhone making unit in the 43 acres of land allotted to it, with employment potential of over 10,000 people.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

The new Wistron facility is also set to manufacture a wider range of Apple’s devices.

Apple is slowly but steadily strategising its plans to make deeper inroads in a country where over 450 million people use smartphones, and assembling iPhone 7 is another step towards gaining more ground.

According to Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, the Indian electronics market is growing fast and has gained a significant advantage on some of the competing countries.

“I think to start with, it makes sense for Apple to localise assembling of models that have the potential to scale up and then slowly expands it to entire portfolio,” Pathak told IANS.

iPhone 7 runs iOS 12, is water-resistant and houses a 12MP camera, Retina HD display, great battery life and stereo speakers.

The 32GB iPhone 7 costs Rs 39,900 while the 128GB variant Rs 49,900.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

In India, price is a key factor when it comes to buying a smartphone.

Apple has already begun reducing the price of iPhone in China and may follow the same in India where iPhone is considered expensive.

According to a report in Caixin on Monday, Apple has cut prices for several of its products including iPhones.

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For the first time this year, Apple has dropped iPhone prices on its official Chinese website.

“The slash comes in response to China’s reduction of the tax burden for manufacturing and other sectors that began on April 1,” the report said.

The iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives to begin assembling more handsets and open its branded stores in India. (IANS)

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Apple to Bring its New iPhones in September

This year, Apple’s iPhone XR is expected to feature a 3,110mAh battery which is bigger than 2,942mAh battery that the company added in iPhone XR launched in 2018

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FILE - Apple's App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

Apple has released the seventh beta of iOS 13 to registered developers and a Brazillian site iHelp BR has found that the iPhone 11 series would be released on September 10.

The Brazillian site found an image, named “HoldForRelease”, which has the September 10 date on the calendar of the iOS 13 home screen, hinting at the possible release date of the iPhone 11 series, The Verge reported on Thursday.

Notably, this is the same date predicted for Apple’s event based on analysis of when Apple held the event in previous years.

The iPhone-maker would launch three iPhone 11 models this year — The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR, according to news portal 9TO5MAC.

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iPhones on display at an Apple store in Virginia, USA, April 4, 2016. VOA

According to the report, the new iPhone 11 models replacing the iPhone XS series would have a triple rear camera setup at the back and all three sensors will be placed at the back.

Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also earlier suggested that the upcoming iPhone models would be equipped with reverse wireless charging.

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The iPhone-maker is also expected to bring bigger batteries bundled along with its upcoming 2019 iPhone offerings.

This year, Apple’s iPhone XR is expected to feature a 3,110mAh battery which is bigger than 2,942mAh battery that the company added in iPhone XR launched in 2018. (IANS)