Apple has just announced that it has started local manufacturing of the iPhone 7 in India. However, this is not the first time Apple is manufacturing an iPhone in India. In the past, the company had also started the production of the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s in the country. And as promised, it is keeping up the promise of manufacturing more iPhones locally in India. The manufacturing of the iPhone 7 will be taken handled by global OEM manufacturer Wistron, with their plant in Bengaluru.
The move comes from the company at a time when the iPhone sales in India have started plummeting. Mainly because the cost of iPhones is way higher in India when compared to other parts of the world, and the lack of a few country-specific features adds to it, causing some people to refrain from buying the product. So, in an effort to overcome this, Apple has started assembling the iPhone 7, alongside the iPhone 6s at Wistron’s Bengaluru facility back in March.
Here’s a statement from the company on starting the production of iPhone 7 in the country, “We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers furthering our long-term commitment in India.”
With Wistron coming into the picture and starting the local production of the iPhone 7 in the country, the 32GB and 128GB variant of the devices is priced at Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively. Currently, there is no word from either of the companies about the production of the bigger model, the iPhone 7 Plus, in the country. So we might have to wait until there is follow up on the same.
Additionally, Apple has also shared some insights with its 13th ‘Supplier Responsibility Report 2019’, highlighting a substantial gain in health education among supplier workers at Wistron Bengaluru, stating, “There is an 85 percent increase in knowledge about early cancer detection, a 60 percent increase in knowledge about nutrition and 54 percent increase in knowledge about diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol among the supplier workers in India”.
To jog up your memory, here are a few key specifications of the iPhone 7-
- 4.7-inch Retina HD display
- A10 Fusion chip
- IP67 Water and dust resistance
- 12MP rear camera with HDR and 4K video at 30 fps
- 7MP FaceTime HD camera with HDR
- Touch ID
- iOS 12