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Apple Inc has started the assembly of the iPhone 12 in India as it ramps up manufacturing operations in the world’s second-biggest smartphone market.
According to sources, Foxconn will be assembling the device in its plant in southern Tamil Nadu state.
In a statement on Thursday, Apple said, "we are proud to be starting production of iPhone 12 in India for our local customers."
As the US tech giant tries to navigate the trade war between Washington and Beijing, Apple has been shifting some areas of its production from China to other places.
Foxconn, Wistron and a third supplier Pegatron have together committed roughly $900 million over five years to make iPhones in India, leveraging New Delhi's $6.7 billion plan to boost smartphone exports.
"Nice to see our efforts to make India a big hub of mobile and components manufacturing is attracting global attention," India's technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted following news of iPhone 12 production in India.
"This will create jobs in large numbers."
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