This 2020 Apple iPhone may be assembled in India: Report

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NEW DELHI: One of the premium iPhones from Apple’s 2020 lineup may get ‘made in India’ tag. According to a report in 9to5Mac, the all-new iPhone 12 Pro may be assembled in India. The report says that as per documentation on Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency or ANATEL, at least iPhone 12 Pro will be assembled at Foxconn units in Brazil and India besides China. It quotes Portuguese website Tecnoblog. The ANATEL’s documentation shows Foxconn’s facility at HiTech SEZ on Chennai-Bangalore highway in Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu. Other than this, it also lists the company’s plants in China and Brazil. Hon Hai, popularly known as Foxconn, is Apple’s biggest contract manufacturer. The company already manufactures select iPhone models at its unit near Chennai. Earlier this year, it started assembling Apple iPhone 11 at the plant. Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and IT approved applications of 16 manufacturers of mobile phones and electronic parts under its Production Linked Incentive program (PLI) aimed to boost local manufacturing. The names include three Apple suppliers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron. Other than Apple, these companies also manufacture phones, laptops and gadgets for more brands as well as markets. Manufacturing in India helps Apple save costly duties levied on imports of fully-built phones and components in the country. The company recently launched its first online store in India. Apple is also bringing its 2020 lineup to the country in the initial wave. The 2020 iPhone lineup includes iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini, and starts at Rs 69,900. While iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest, iPhone 12 Pro Max is the top-end iPhone. While the iPhone 12 Pro sports 6.1-inch OLED display, iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display. The duo are powered by the A14 bionic processor, like the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. Both Apple 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max Pro feature a triple camera setup at the back. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also features a LiDAR Scanner on the back that enables object and room scanning, AR features, and more. The LiDAR Scanner also contributes to low-light autofocus and improving capture time.

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