So far, Apple is making some smartphones in India, with the company planning to launch the flagship iPhone 12 smartphones in that country. Foxconn will be the first to start production of the iPhone 12 in India, after which, at the end of 2021, Pegatron will also launch the iPhone 12 production in the country.
Prior to this, Indian media reported that Apple plans to produce the iPhone 12 series in India. Wistron is also preparing to begin the production of a new iPhone in Bangalore. With a plan to invest around $30 million, Wistron also wants to hire 10,000 employees for the new plant. The plant is expected to be fully operational by October this year, with about 1,000 new employees already joining Wistron.
Apple currently manufactures smartphones in India such as the iPhone 6S, iPhone 11, iPhone XR and the new iPhone SE. Several sources also indicated that Apple is pushing local manufacturing because the iPhone maker hopes to reduce its dependence on China.
When manufacturing locally, Apple also saves 22% of taxes on imported products.
Apple finally defeated Samsung in the global smartphone market
Apple overtook Samsung to become the world’s leading smartphone brand amid record sales of iPhone smartphones. The company showed a huge jump in the last quarter of last year, while Huawei‘s position weakened greatly.
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According to Counterpoint Research, shipments of iPhone smartphones increased 22% in the previous quarter. The surge is driven by the release of the iPhone 12 lineup, which supports fifth-generation networks. Also, sales of previous models did not fall, the demand for which is stable after the price decline.
The company has shipped 90 million smartphones and has more than 23% market share. Analysts note that Apple has strengthened its position in the premium segment of smartphones in China. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, two of the top three selling premium smartphones in China are from Apple.
The second place in the quarter belongs to Samsung, which received about 19% of the market. The third place went to Xiaomi, followed by Oppo and Vivo, which took the fourth and fifth places, respectively. Huawei dropped to 6th place.
If we consider the results for the year, then Samsung is in the lead, Apple is second, Huawei is third, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. The latter was the fastest growing brand in the past year.
Counterpoint Research’s data is broadly consistent with estimates by another analyst firm, IDC, which we have already published.