IT Minister Flaunts “Assembled in India” iPhone XR

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  • Apple iPhone XR was assembled at Foxconn’s factory
  • Apple’s major component supplier, Salcomp, bought Nokia’s obsolete handset factory near Chennai

In accordance with “Make in India” mission, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad posted a photo on his official Twitter handle with iPhone XR in his hand.

‘As promised, delighted to receive an iPhone XR, which reads “Designed by Apple in California and Assembled in India’. I expect further expansion of manufacturing in India by #Apple,” Mr. Prasad tweeted.

Interestingly, Apple iPhone XR was assembled at Foxconn’s factory here. Foxconn is a China-based company.

About “Assembled in India” iPhone XR

Priced significantly lower than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR came with features like Apple’s latest A12 Bionic SoC, a single rear camera, 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display and color options.

iPhone XR supports wireless charging and has a water and dust resistant design. iPhone XR uses the same processor found in iPhone XS and XS Plus.

The base model of iPhone XR with a 64GB storage option was priced at Rs. 76,900 while the 128GB storage iPhone XR came with a price tag of Rs 81,900.

Salcomp also bought Nokia’s obsolete handset factory near Chennai for close to $30 million (₹215 crores). The company is one of Apple’s major component suppliers. A person familiar with the matter informed that Salcomp is expected to begin operations at the plant by March next year, and ramp up exports from there to about $2 billion by investing $300 million over the next five years. Once fully functional, the new unit is expected to generate employment for close to 10,000 people.

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