A new report coming out of Reuters is claiming that Apple will soon start making its flagship iPhone models in India.

Previously Apple only manufactured its lower-end, budget iPhone models such as iPhone SE and previous-gen iPhone 6s but if this new report is anything to go by, Apple will start making its flagship iPhone models such as iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and even next-gen 2019 iPhone models in Tamil Nadu, India.

The news comes hot on the heels of trade war between US and China where Apple is expected to get a hit due to tariffs, with one previous report already indicating that Apple will move manufacturing out of China if tariffs hit 25%.

Reuters reports:

Apple Inc will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn as early as 2019, the first time the Taiwanese contract manufacturer will have made the product in the country, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Importantly, Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, the source said, potentially taking Apple’s business in India to a new level.

The report also indicates that Foxconn will be responsible for manufacturing of iPhones in India as opposed to Wistron which is currently manufacturing lower-end, budget iPhone models in the country.

If this goes ahead, it will help Apple manufacture more iPhone models in India, helping them meet 30% requirement of locally-manufactured products in order to get clearance for opening retail stores in the country.

(Source: Reuters)

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