It’s no secret that Apple has been pursuing the possibility of setting up a local manufacturing unit in India. The earlier reports said that Apple has already put forth its plans to start a manufacturing facility in Bengaluru. A recent leak further strengthens the possibility. The leak reveals that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has certified the company to manufacture A1723 model to be manufactured in India. Well, the A1723 is a direct reference to iPhone SE, however, the company might also start manufacturing other devices in the future.
The leak further gives away that the registration number for the brand is R-62000612 and has been certified under IS 13252, which, by the way, refers to the information communication equipment as per Indian Standards. The manufacturing will be commissioned to a company called “ICT Service Management Solutions” which is owned by Wistron, Taiwan and is also involved in the iPhone SE productions in China. The address of the manufacturing unit is detailed as, No 93, Industrial Suburbs, Stage-2, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru, India, which coincides with the earlier reports.
India is currently the second largest mobile phone market in the World and it is but obvious that Apple wants a share of this emerging market. In all likelihood, not only the local manufacturing will give Apple a free hand with the policies but will hopefully bring down the product pricing, something that could go a long way in bolstering Apple’s India prospects. Perhaps this move will also help Apple increase their global smartphone sale which is currently pegged at a staggering 20-percent.
The most interesting aspect is that the iPhone prices will go down, in fact, Apple had recently discounted the iPhone SE to Rs 19,999. The decrease in price is expected to shape up as an incentive for first-time iPhone buyers. A few days back Apple had also relaunched the iPhone 6 32GB in India at a discounted price of Rs 28,999. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see whether Apple’s next flagship will be manufactured in India and the effect that it has on the pricing.