In December, a Reuters report said that Apple was planning to produce its flagship iPhone in India to reduce its dependence on the Chinese market. According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, plans are under way and Foxconn executives plan to visit India next month.
According to the report, a person familiar with the situation said Foxconn executives were studying whether to include an Indian project in their budget plan. At present, a large part of the world's iPhone phones are assembled by Foxconn in China. According to people familiar with the situation, Foxconn executives, including Chairman Guo Taiming, plan to visit India after the Spring Festival to discuss the plans. Foxconn said in a statement that it did not comment on existing or potential customers or any of their products, and an Apple spokesman in India declined to comment.
Both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported that the flagship iPhone would be assembled by Foxconn, not Weichuang. Weichuang is currently Apple's sole assembler in India, responsible for the production of the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s.
Neither report mentioned details about the iPhone model. Reuters had previously said the "iPhone X Series" and the Wall Street Journal had said "high-end, more expensive iPhones, including models with OLED displays", so we can't rule out the possibility that Apple will produce the iPhone X, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max in India.
It's worth mentioning that even if Apple makes its flagship iPhone in India, these models are unlikely to be mainly aimed at the Indian market. In the second quarter of last year, Apple's market share in India was only 1%, and it is expected to decline further.