According to a new research report by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is aiming to lower the prices of iPhone 12 components to offset rising costs of 5G technology and not raise retail prices for smartphones.
Adding full 5G support to new smartphones will increase component costs by $125-135, the analyst said. So the company is looking for ways to lower costs for other components.
One such component is the battery board. Apple, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, is moving towards a simpler, more compact design with fewer layers. The hybrid board for the iPhone 12 will be 40-50% cheaper than the equivalent part in the iPhone 11 line.
In addition, the analyst claims that next year the company will switch to an even cheaper board option in the iPhone 12s line. It will be 30-40% more affordable than the board found in the iPhone 12.
We expect the presentation of the iPhone 12 to take place in October this year.
Apple plans to assemble iPhone 12 in India
Stepping up the game of manufacturing products in India, smartphone manufacturing giant Apple is reportedly preparing to regionally produce the iPhone 12 series in India. This will be the seventh iPhone ideal to be made in the country providing a lift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar vision. According to a report, The new ‘Made in India’ iPhone 12 models; will be ready by the middle of next year.
It is worth mentioning that the brand has already started assembling its premium iPhone 11 at the Foxconn unit near Chennai, and its the first time it is manufacturing a top model in the country giving incentive to the Make-in-India initiative. Additionally, the production of the iPhone SE (2020) is to start in the country by the end of this year.
Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron has previously started experimental production of the latest iPhones project; at its new facility near Bengaluru, with a proposed investment of more than Rs 2,900 crores. Furthermore, Wistron has begun the recruitment process for the new unit; as it plans to hire about 10,000 employees in a phased manner. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 workers at work, according to a report in Business Standard. However, The manufacturing facility will be fully operational from October.
Wistron’s increasing expansion is in line with Apple’s mid-term target; rolling out the latest upcoming smartphone models fast into its portfolio. This new plant at Narsapura near Bengaluru in Karnataka may be for the anticipated iPhone 12; while the iPhone SE (2020) will be mass-produced at the present plant in Bengaluru; the financial daily stated, quoting unnamed sources close with the development.