Bengaluru: During the period of coronavirus, Apple's nine operating units out of 11, along with component makers shifted to India from China.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 23rd edition of the Bengaluru Tech Summit held virtually, Union IT and Communications Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that nine out of 11 operating units of Apple was shifted to India from China.
"I am pleased to inform Yediyurappa that Apple has chosen your city Bengaluru to manufacture their quality phones for India and abroad," said Prasad.
It is pertinent to note that in a major impetus to the Central Government's Make in India initiative, Apple had begun manufacturing its flagship iPhone 11 at Chennai, in Foxconn plant, in July.
Apple has also started to assemble the iPhone SE at Foxconn's Chennai plant this year.
Apple's supplier Wistron already has a manufacturing unit in Kolar near Bengaluru where it has been producing Apple devices. It is also expanding its operations at the Bengaluru plant under the Union Government's production-linked incentive scheme and will soon begin assembling iPhone 12.
The iPhone maker uses the Foxconn production unit to manufacture iPhone XR as well.
With this, the Cupertino-based tech giant has joined the competition arena of Samsung and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi that has already invested crores in manufacturing devices in India and cater to the growing need of the users.
Taiwan-headquartered Foxconn also manufactures devices for Xiaomi at its Andhra Pradesh manufacturing unit.
Also read: Massive fire in Jorhat, 20 houses gutted