Apple primarily manufactures its devices in China but it has been manufacturing the iPhone SE in India to avoid steep import duties. India is a price-sensitive market and this move allows the company to better compete with its rivals on price. According to a new report, the company has now started commercial production of another handset in the country.
A local news report claims that Apple has started mass production of the iPhone 6s in India. A Wistron facility where the iPhone SE was previously being manufactured is now being used for mass producing the iPhone 6s as well for sale in the country.
It was reported earlier this year in April that the company had started trial production of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It decided against manufacturing the latter because the iPhone 6s has better sales potential in the country which is why it’s the model that’s now being mass produced.
As it begins to manufacture the iPhone 6s locally, the company will be able to avoid any surges in import taxes which end up raising the price for end customers. Apple has already avoided similar tax hikes on the iPhone SE after the government increased taxes on imported products earlier this year. The company will only be selling the iPhone 6s handsets made in India in the country, though.