Foxconn to assemble Apple iPhone X series in India

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Apple launched the pricey iPhone X last year but has cut production of that phone, according to industry analysts, since it began selling the newer versions, iPhone XS and XR, globally this year. While the XR's overall sales may have proven disappointing to Apple so far, a recent report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners revealing specific sales data is more optimistic.

Apple's decision to start making iPhone outside of China may not surprise anyone given the current trade war going on between the United States and China.

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That's significantly lower than the 39 percent share captured by the comparably priced iPhone 8 and 8 Plus during the similar period a year ago, the study notes. In the U.S., Xr's sales contributed 32 percent to the total iPhone sales while the combined sales of iPhone Xs and Xs Max contributed 35% to the total sale.

The report says that 16 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded to iPhone 30 days after iPhone Xr was released.

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After the launch of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in September 2017, 12 percent who upgraded to Apple's phones were Android users. The iPhone X made up 30 percent of the total US sales in its first month, and the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus accounted for 39 percent of the stateside sales combined during the same time period.

It would take a particularly appealing product (or set of products) to change that norm, and it seems Apple may have finally created just such a device with the iPhone XR.

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Importantly, Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, the source said, potentially taking Apple's business in India to a new level. "But, based on the pricing and features, we can infer that Apple positioned the iPhone XR to appeal to potential operating systems switchers from Android".