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Technology Apple starts making first flagship iPhone in India

23:51  25 july  2020
23:51  25 july  2020 Source:   theverge.com

Apple begins selling refurbished iPhone XRs

  Apple begins selling refurbished iPhone XRs Apple has started selling refurbished versions of its iPhone XR, MacRumorshas reported. Prices start at $499 for the 64GB model, giving you a factory-renewed phone with a one year warranty, box and cables for $100 off the price for a brand new model. The 128GB model costs $539, down from the current $649 price, while the 256GB model is $629, or $120 off the clearance price. The refurbished phones are available in a more limited selection of colors than the new models. However, at least you can buy a 256GB model, as new 256GB iPhone XR models are no longer available except on clearance. You can also get a new iPhone SE cheaper at $399.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started building iPhone 11 units in a facility near Chennai in India, TechCrunch reported, the first time Apple has made one of its top-tier phones in that country.

a close up of a camera © Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Apple has manufactured lower-priced iPhone models in India since 2017, and reportedly has been considering moving production of its more premium models there for some time.

India was the second-biggest smartphone market in the world in 2019, ahead of the US and second only to China. According to TechCrunch, Apple plans to scale up production in India, which would in turn reduce how much it depends on China, where most of its iPhones are currently made. And while Apple tops the premium smartphone market in India, it has only about a 1 percent share of the total smartphone market there. The iPhone’s price puts it out of reach for many consumers in India.

By selling locally-made devices in India, Apple would be able to avoid a 20 percent import duty that India imposes on foreign-made electronics. It’s not clear whether the devices are being manufactured for sale within India only, or for the broader worldwide market.

Apple did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday.

Apple confirms its new iPhones will be delayed by a 'few weeks' .
For years, people have been buying brand new iPhones in September, typically weeks after a splashy press conference at Apple’s ring-shaped headquarters. Not so, this year. During a customary post-earnings conference call, Luca Maestri — the company’s Chief Financial Officer — confirmed that Apple’s new iPhones would be arriving later than usual. “As you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in late September,” Maestri said. “This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later.

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