Putting all speculations to rest, a Karnataka minister has said that the technology giant Apple Inc. will start assembling iPhones in India by the end of April.
The US company has tapped Taiwan’s Wistron Corp. to put together its phones in the tech capital of Bengaluru, said Priyank Kharge, the state’s information technology minister. Apple executives met with him in January and confirmed the timeline, he said in an interview.
“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge, IT minister for Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital.
“The state will help Apple if it decides to turn to other contract manufacturers in the region. We did not discuss any other incentives,” he added.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in an earnings call this week that India is “the place to be.”