By Roger Fingas
Thursday, July 11, 2019, 11:18 am, Pacific time (2:18 pm ET)
The Indian versions of the iPhone XS and XR are expected to be launched in India in August, according to a report released Thursday.
Some necessary approvals are still awaiting validation. Reuters indicated source. It's also hard to know how many cheaper, locally made models will cost less, but they may be cheaper because Apple does not have to pay import fees.
The assembly would be entrusted to Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturing partner. The latter has previously confirmed its intention to produce iPhones in India, but only separate rumors have alluded to the X range for iPhone.
Until now, Apple has only made much older iPhones in the country, such as the iPhone SE, 6 and 7, and mainly through Wistron. The company is just starting to export iPhones to the European market.
Apple controls a marginal part of the Indian smartphone market because of the high cost of its devices, especially after the import costs. An imported iPhone XR, for example, starts at $ 1,123 in India, versus $ 749 in the United States. The average local sales price of phones is well below 150 USD.