Apple iPhone 6s Plus may be locally manufactured in 2 weeks

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Hong Kong-based Counterpoint estimates the iPhone 6 series contributes nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India in 2017 as compared to less than 15% generated from iPhone SE, the only Apple smartphone model to be locally assembled in the Wistron plant till now. Local manufacturing will allow Apple to reduce the price of iPhone 6s Plus by 5 to 7 percent, the report adds.

Apple may start iPhone 6S Plus production at a new factory in southern India to lower the model's price, local media outlet The Economic Times reported today. The iPhone 6S Plus also has the advantage of coming in rose gold, a discontinued color for newer iPhones.

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This will make iPhone 6s Plus more competitive alongside devices from the likes of Samsung and OnePlus, which are popular in India as a result of their more affordable price tag.

But the source told IBTimes India, that the model, which the company is planning to roll out from the Bengaluru plant is the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s model and not the iPhone 6s Plus. This would bring the price of the iPhone 6s to the same level as that of the One Plus. The phone was insulated from the recent price hike thanks to an increase in custom duty on smartphones from 15 per cent to 20 per cent in February.

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Once local capacity rises, the costs should get corrected as Apple won't be dependent on Chinese imports. Earlier this month, the Indian government announced a 10 percent customs duty on circuitboards, camera modules, connectors, and other parts, The Economic Times reports.

Meanwhile, Apple has expanded local sourcing initiative to two more partners in India, which now includes chargers, adapters and packaging boxes. In total, there are five sourcing plants which includes Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and Chinabased Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru. Once the iPhone 6S Plus starts manufacturing in India, you can expect the prices to dip a little, although since the phone isn't fully manufactured here, some taxes will still apply.

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