New iPhones attracting more Android users in US

29 December, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Apple’s iPhone XR is boosting the number of Android switchers

Apple's high-end iPhones will be assembled at Foxconn's facility in Sriperumbudur town of Tamil Nadu.

Foxconn will spend $365 million to expand the plant and may create as many as 25,000 new jobs in India according to an Industries Minister in the country.

Despite any number of stories claiming that Apple's iPhone XR isn't selling as well as anticipated, a new research report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) paints a slightly more optimistic picture. CIRP reported in June that Android users were more likely to switch to Apple's cheapest model, which at the time of the report was the iPhone SE, because they were hesitant to splurge on the iPhone X. However, the company has kept its higher-end iPhone production in China, where iPhones have been assembled since their initial release in 2007.

An Apple spokeswoman, Trudy Muller, who was pressed for comment by Reuters, declined - while a Foxconn spokesperson said in a statement that the firm does not comment on "matters related to current or potential customers, or any of their products".

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Still, it could potentially get Hon Hai to make the older iPhone X version in India in a bid to get a bigger share of the world's fastest-growing major mobile phone market.

For Apple, widening assembly beyond China is critical to mitigate the risks of the Sino-U.S. trade war.

I even cited Apple's not-very-entry-level smartphone as my favourite of the year during MobileSyrup's recent year-end smartphone SyrupCast podcast. According to the new estimate Apple is expected to manufacture 45 million units for the quarter, down from the 50 million earlier forecast.

Foxconn has previously expressed concern over demand for Apple's flagship devices.

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