Foxconn begins automating its production lines, plans to automate entire factories

And while the 7 Plus has a fancy new camera, the Nikkei Review mentions that Apple is having trouble getting enough camera sensors for its bigger iPhone model.

Apple may soon set up shop in Bengaluru as Wistron, a Taiwanese manufacturer for Apple, is setting up a facility in Peenya for manufacturing iPhones, the Times of India reported.

The Indian government already provides financial incentives and subsidy to companies locally assembling smartphones. Another supplier noted that a lack of the complete supply chain - which exists in China - would mean longer turnaround times to adapt to changes. Earlier, when Foxconn moved to India, it was believed that it would make Apple products in its upcoming facility in Maharashtra as it does in China in its Hon Hai Precision unit. It was assumed that the plant would manufacture Apple phones, however, Foxconn has tied up with Xiaomi and OnePlus to set up local manufacturing there, the report adds.

The new manufacturing units and the growing interest of Apple to penetrate the Indian market looks purposeful, but acceptance of iOS in the Indian market is still a major challenge for the Cupertino-based tech troupe.

Apple has also asked Foxconn to evaluate the options to shift some of its manufacturing in the United States. The government had also turned down its proposal to import refurbished phones and sell them in India.

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According to data shared by Counterpoint Technology Market Research, Apple sold 2.5 million iPhones in India from October 2015 to September 2016, marking a rise of more than 50% over the year-ago period.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) forwarded the iPhone production company's request to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY) in November for consideration, as per an official close to the development.

Interestingly, the Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, which is now the largest production facility of the company, is now in the second stage of automation.

Mashable India reached out to Apple, which declined to comment. After some skepticism, Apple is now finally paying attention to India.

  • Desiree Holland