The Tame Apple Press said that Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, “potentially taking Apple’s business in India to a new level”.
However, that makes no sense. India is the land where the cheap smart phone is king mostly because the huge population cannot afford flagship phones.
The work will take place at Foxconn’s plant in Sriperumbudur town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Foxconn, which already makes phones for Xiaomi Corp in India, will invest 25 billion Indian rupees ($356 million) to expand the plant, including investment in iPhone production, Tamil Nadu’s Industries Minister M C Sampath told Reuters.
The investment may create as many as 25,000 jobs, he added.
It is thought that the move is more to avoid the US trade war while at the same time taking advantage of India’s cheap labour. This would mean that the products made in the plant are not destined for India at all.
Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller declined to comment. Foxconn said it did not comment on matters related to current or potential customers, or any of their products.