Apple is reportedly planning to start assembling its premium iPhone X-series in India.
The report also indicates that Foxconn will be responsible for manufacturing of iPhones in India as opposed to Wistron which is now manufacturing lower-end, budget iPhone models in the country.
Maintaining a strategic distance from those high tariffs is the reason Apple began building the iPhone SE and 6S in India.
Now the plant which is located in the town of Sriperumbudur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu produces phones for Xiaomi, OnePlus and Gionee. On a side note, the company already manufactures for Xiaomi in the country. Moreover, the sources in the state suggest that the announcement might take place on January 24, during the second Global Investor Meet slated to be held in January.
This may be part of Apple's efforts to move production out of Foxconn's plants in China, amidst the contentious US-China trade war.
Specifically, the report found that 16% of new iPhone owners in November were former Android users.
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Tamil Nadu Industries Minister M C Sampath told Reuters that Foxconn had lined up a Rs 25 billion ($356 million) investment at its Sriperumbudur plant. Local officials expect the investment to bring as many as 25,000 jobs.
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Apple did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the report.
Foxconn wants to hedge its risks in the wake of what has been happening between China and the US.
Foxconn, the world's biggest electronics contract manufacturer, is considering setting up a factory in Vietnam, Vietnamese state media reported this month.
Beyond making Apple's supply chain more resilient, the project could put it in a better position to target the Indian smartphone market. The overall iPhone production in the fourth quarter of this year will reach 72 million units, lower than the previous forecast of 77 million units, mainly because the new iPhone demand is quite low.