Apple has begun the production of its flagship iPhone 11 at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, the Department of Commerce announced in its Twitter page on Friday. It was part of the Central Government’s Make in India initiative, it added.
For the first time, it has started manufacturing a top model in the country. It would step up production in phases. The company has also planned export this high-end model from India. Such a measure would reduce its dependence on China. Moreover, local production saves 22 per cent import duty to the company.
Already, Apple has been manufacturing two models iPhone XR and iPhone 7 at Foxconn plant and Wistron plant in Bengaluru respectively. It has plans to make new iPhone SE at Wistron plant. Foxconn has plans to invest $ 1 billion in India.
In a recent press release, the company had unveiled its plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. The company is already carbon neutral today for its global corporate operations, and this new commitment means that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have net-zero climate impact.
Apple detailed its plans to reduce emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 per cent of its comprehensive footprint.
To support these efforts and beyond, Apple is also establishing an Impact Accelerator that will focus on investing in minority-owned businesses that drive positive outcomes in its supply chain and in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, the company release added.