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An announcement to this effect was also made in the Tamil Nadu state cabinet meeting that was held in Chennai on Monday, chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami.

According to an unidentified source who spoke with Reuters, however, Apple will soon use Foxconn's factory in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu to manufacture higher-end iPhones.

Until now, Apple has only assembled the lower-cost SE and 6S models in India through Wistron Corp's (緯創) local unit in the Bengaluru technology hub. The report also highlighted that this investment would be creating approximately 25,000 employment opportunities.

The Hindu newspaper first reported on December 24 that the Foxconn plant would begin manufacturing various models of the iPhone. Last year, the figures revealed that 86% of new iPhone units were bought in the states to upgrade an older model, and 11% switched from Android.




Still, it could potentially get Foxconn to make the older iPhone X version in India where it sells cheaper models in a bid to get a bigger share of the world's fastest growing major mobile phone market. This number was 12 percent a year ago after iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released in September 2017 and 11 percent when the revolutionary iPhone X was shipped in November 2017.

Apple now relies on Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer with factories in China, Brazil, Malaysia and other countries around the world, to assemble its iPhone devices.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the report. With that said, it's unclear if this means all production of iPhones have been shifted from China to India, or if the Indian manufacturing line is merely acting as a supplement.

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.


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