Apple Selling Brazil Made iPhone 4 Now
We recently reported about iPhone made in Brazil being as expensive as an imported iPhone.
However, now it seems that Apple has started selling iPhone 4 units from Foxconn’s new Brazilian manufacturing plant, which has been operational since late 2011.
According to photos released by Portuguese news website Meio Bit, the iPhone 4 handsets in question appear to be the lower-end 8GB models. They have stamps that indicate that they may only be just a few weeks old.
Gizmodo Brazil previously took a few photos showing Foxconn’s Brazil’s production. Apart from producing the iPhone 4 in Brazil, Foxconn has plans to build 5 more production facilities in the surrounding areas to help with growing demand for the iPad among consumers.
Brazil imposes very high duties on iPhones and iPads imported from China. That is why switching to local production could eventually eliminate those fees and bring iPhone and iPad pricing more in line with other regions. This would also make the devices more accessible to Brazilian markets. No such price reductions are evident yet. However, there may be other factors involved that may require additional time to sort out.