India’s ‘city-sealing’ measures affect Apple’s iPhone XR production locally

According tomedia Apple Insider, Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier, makes the iPhone XR in Chennai, an area now restricted by India’s COVID-19 “city-sealing” measures. The iPhone XR, made by Apple supplier Foxconn at its Chennai plant in India, is expected to be halted or at least severely restricted. Tamil Nadu must comply with the country’s “city-sealing” measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

India's 'city-sealing' measures affect Apple's iPhone XR production locally

Starting at 18:00 local time on Tuesday, the Indian government invoked article 144 of its criminal code and applied it to all public gatherings. Article 144 prohibits the assembly of four or more persons in one place, and during the “closed city” period, the country’s 1897 Epidemiological Act also limits the number of assembly to a similar number.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide blockade at midnight on Tuesday that will last until at least March 31.

“As this is a very urgent medical incident, we have taken these stringent measures,” Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash told the Times of India. A joint team of 30 companies and police will be inspected to see who has violated this rule. “

After weeks of trial production, Foxconn has been making the iPhone XR in India since October 2019, but it is also believed to be planning to make the iPhone 11 in Chennai, India. The iPhone XR is reportedto the dominant global smartphone sales.

In January, a dispute between Foxconn and Apple reported that the manufacturer had cancelled a $5 billion investment in India. Foxconn denies this.

Apple does not currently have an Apple retail store in India, although it is reported ly planning to open a store at the Maker Maxity mall in Mumbai.