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Apple iPhone 7 now assembled in India

Apple will now assemble its three-year-old iPhone 7 in India. The smartphone is currently available for Rs 39,900.

tech Updated: Apr 02, 2019 19:31 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
Apple iPhone 7 now manufactured in India
Apple iPhone 7 now manufactured in India (Brooks Kraft/Apple)
         

Apple on Tuesday announced assembling its iPhone 7 smartphones in India. Manufacturing partner Wistron will be assembling the devices at its Bengaluru plant. Apple already assembles iPhone SE and iPhone 6S in India. The made in India iPhone 7 units will come with “assembled in India” marking on the rear panel.

Apple launched iPhone 7 in India in 2016. The three-year-old smartphone is currently available at a starting price of Rs 39,900. The top-end model of the phone costs Rs 49,900. Key features of iPhone 7 include 4.7-inch Retina HD display, TouchID, 12-megapixel camera, 7-megapixel selfie camera, and A10 Fusion Chip processor.

“We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers furthering our long-term commitment in India,” said Apple in a statement.

Apple’s latest announcement comes weeks after it was rumoured that the company was planning to manufacture high-end smartphones such as iPhone X and iPhone XS in India. Later another report confirmed Wistron’s new facility wasn’t equipped to assemble high-end devices.

Apple’s recent quarter reports indicate that the company has been struggling in key markets such as India and China. According to Counterpoint Research, Apple shipped 1.7 million smartphones in India in 2018, almost 50% lower than shipments of 3.2 million units in 2017. Interestingly enough, Apple’s older models are more popular in India than the latest ones.

The company is trying to win back its customers by slashing prices and bundling discounts. The company cut prices for several of its products including iPhones in China, according to an IANS report.

With hardware sales plummeting, Apple is now trying to reinvent itself as a services company. Last month, it launched three new subscription services, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+. While the services grabbed the limelight at its special event, new hardware like AirPods 2 and new iPads were given no stage time.