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Apple’s high profile manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology is in talks with government officials to build iPhones in India, reports Reuters. An Industries Minister told the publication that “Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month’s time.”

Altogether the Taiwanese-based tech giant, which is the world’s larger contract maker of electronics, is aiming to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers. No additional details regarding the plans were given, but Reuters says the goal is to be done by 2020.

The move, if it materializes, could benefit both Foxconn and its largest partner Apple. For Foxconn, it could lower production costs—which have been growing in China due to wage inflation—and for Apple it could help increase iPhone awareness in the world’s #3 smartphone market.

But with the good, comes the bad. Foxconn has long been criticized for harboring unsatisfactory working conditions including the employment of underage workers and forced overtime. It’ll be interesting to see what its new facilities look like in a new country with an all-new workforce.

Source: Reuters

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in India. <3

    • iRaj

      Make in India.

  • mlee19841

    America? Bring some good paying jobs here.

    • Steven Honey

      they won’t because america likes to tax the hell out of big business. Apple currently pays almost zero taxes. Lowering taxes creates more jobs.

  • if a plant will open in India so apple may launch iPhone in Pakistan and so that iPhone could be cheaper then those which we buy came from u.k or u.s. because iOS is the second biggest OS in Pakistan and Pakistani love iOS.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Faxconn is the worst thing to happen in the tech world.