Apple has picked Wistron as the primary iPhone manufacturer for India, according to a latest report from Digitimes. Wistron will be the lead supplier for 2017 iPhones which are expected to be dubbed as iPhone 8.
The report further states Foxconn Electronics and other makers will become second OEMs if demand increases. Wistron will be expanding its smartphone production factories in China and India. Last month a report said that Apple was looking to build an iPhone manufacturing plant in Bangalore, India with Wistron as a partner.
Apple team will meet a group of senior officials from IT and finance ministries on January 25 to discuss its demands for setting up a manufacturing unit in the country. The company has offered to manufacture iPhones in the country both for the domestic market as well as exports to boost Make in India. Apple has sent a list of demands to the Indian government, seeking tax concessions and several other policy exemptions, as necessary pre-requisites before it starts production of its iPhones in India.
Last year, there was a report that said that Foxconn is close to signing a deal with Indian government to set up a manufacturing plant for iPhones in the country. In October last year, during investor callfor FYQ4 2016 earning report, CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales in India are up 50% in fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year