Indian local officials have finally confirmed that Apple will start making iPhones in the country, particularly in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the capital of the southern state of Karnataka.
In a press release last Thursday, the Karnataka government announced the approval of Apple's proposal to start with its manufacturing operations in the city. "Apple's iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market," said Bengaluru's local information technology and biotechnology minister, Priyank Kharge, in the press release.
The development was embraced positively and was viewed to "foster cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally," as stated in the press release.
Meanwhile, a report from The Times of India (TOI) confirmed that Taiwan-based Wistron Corp., one of Apple's major suppliers, will be in charge of creating the iPhones out of their facility in the industrial area of Peenya in Bengaluru. TOI also reported last December that Apple started publishing job openings for its original equipment manufacturer (OED) in Bengaluru. The most notable opening was the operations program manager position for iPhone, who will be tasked to lead the OEM operations team in the city.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first ever trip to India last year, and he was upbeat about the prospects of expanding in the country, saying India "is the place to be." A report from Mashable confirmed that Apple posted a strong performance for the quarter in terms of iPhone sales and revenue, with a notable growth in India, among other regions.
According to Counterpoint, a marketing research firm, close to 2.6 million units of iPhones were shipped to India last year. The number takes the lion's share among premium smartphones that were shipped in India at 62 percent.
"Despite the demonetisation move in India that created lots of economic pressure there last quarter, despite that, we had all-time record revenue results, and so we were very happy about that," said Cook last year.