According to the latest info from Economic Times, Wistron, Apple's production partner has set up a new assembly line for the iPhone 6s Plus, so the phablet will start getting mass produced in a couple of weeks.
Hong Kong-based Counterpoint estimates the iPhone 6 series contributes nearly one-third of total sales of iPhones in India in 2017 as compared to less than 15% generated from iPhone SE, the only Apple smartphone model to be locally assembled in the Wistron plant till now. The iPhone 6S Plus also has the advantage of coming in rose gold, a discontinued color for newer iPhones.
The only Apple smartphone which escaped this increase was the iPhone SE. The Indian Government has started to tax foreign phones as it raised tariffs on smartphones from 15 to 20 percent in February. The iPhone 6S Plus will be similarly protected, so here's hoping the brand adjusts the figure accordingly.
With local production, Apple is looking at a 5-7 per cent price decrease on the iPhone 6S, and consequently will comfortably place it in the range of OnePlus and Samsung's premium mid-range devices, sources revealed to the Economic Times.
So even if Apple assembles iPhones in India, the customs duty on imported components will keep the expenses high, according to IBTimes.
Apparently, it is believed that the locally produced iPhone 6s Plus can bring down prices of the phone by five to seven percent. "Eventually, as the local capacity gains scale the prices will get corrected". The price could drop further if Apple sources phone components and packaging within the country, an effort that's already underway.
Apple has also added Finland-based Salcomp's facility in Tamil Nadu and China-based Shenzhen YUTO Packaging Technology plant in Bengaluru for global sourcing.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus continue to be two of the most popular devices belonging to Apple and their hardware plus functionality speak volumes of their mobile computing prowess.