BENGALURU: Apple will begin full-scale production of ‘Made in India’ iPhones coming out of a factory in Bengaluru later this year, as it awaits to seek more clarity on the goods and services tax (GST) rollout. The Cupertino-based maker of iPhones and iPads has completed the assembly of a few thousand iPhone SEs in Bengaluru that will reach its distribution masters Redington and Ingram shortly. The firm will start shipping iPhones to domestic customers later this month. The Wall Street Journal reported the development on Wednesday.
India will be only the third country globally to assemble iPhones, signalling how important it has become for one of the world’s most valued companies. The 4-inch phone powered by an A9 chip that’s used in iPhone 6S, comes with a 12-megapixel camera. Taiwanese company Wistron, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of Apple, will make the iPhones out of its facility in the city’s industrial hub of Peenya. In response to TOI’s query, Apple said it is beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE in Bengaluru. “iPhone SE is the most popular and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world and we will begin shipping to domestic customers this month,” the company said in a statement.