Notebookcheck

iPhone SE 2: Apple halts production in India, inevitably impacting the release of its US$399 budget smartphone

Apple halts iPhone production in India: No iPhone SE 2 anytime soon? (Image source: Apple)
Apple halts iPhone production in India: No iPhone SE 2 anytime soon? (Image source: Apple)
Following the lockdown of India owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has ceased production in the country until at least April 14. With Foxconn and Wistron closing their production facilities, it seems unlikely that any upcoming hardware like the iPhone SE 2 will be released anytime soon.
Alex Alderson,

While Foxconn stated last month that COVID-19 would not delay the production of the iPhone SE 2, India may have forced Apple's hand. Having put the country on lockdown until April 14, Apple can no longer use the Foxconn or Wistron factories based there.

According to Bloomberg, Foxconn "intends to resume" production in India when the country's government announces that it can do so. Hence, we would not rule a longer suspension of operations if India remains in lockdown beyond April 14.

Wistron has echoed Foxconn, although neither will confirm which products have been affected by the lockdown. Bloomberg claims that both companies mainly produce older iPhones in India, with emphasis on affordable devices like the iPhone SE and iPhone XR. The iPhone SE 2 would likely fall into this category too, with it rumoured to be launching at around US$399 (~Rs 30,046). By contrast, the iPhone XR starts at around Rs 48,900 on Amazon.in.

In short, do not be surprised if Apple does not announce the iPhone SE 2 for another few months yet. Expected to feature an A13 Bionic SoC, the iPhone SE 2 could well be delayed until markets stabilise.

Source(s)

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 03 > iPhone SE 2: Apple halts production in India, inevitably impacting the release of its US$399 budget smartphone
Alex Alderson, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-27)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.