Although the vast majority of Apple products are assembled in China, Apple also uses some of Foxconn’s facilities in countries like Brazil and India to assemble iPhones. Now the company has started assembling the iPhone 13 in Brazil, but there’s a catch – it looks like the iPhone 13 mini won’t have local production.
9to5Mac reader Joao Menicucci recently bought an iPhone 13 in Brazil. To his surprise, the box states that the product was “assembled in Brazil”. The model number, MLPF3BR/A, confirms that the device was indeed assembled in the country, as units sold in Brazil that are imported from China carry the identifier “BZ/A” instead.
However, for some unknown reason, it seems that only the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 is assembled at Foxconn Brazil, located in Jundiai, São Paulo.
MacMagazine discovered that Apple had updated the iPhone 13 documentation at ANATEL (the Brazilian telecommunications regulator) on January 24, 2022 to include Foxconn Brazil as the manufacturing plant for the product. The documents also confirm that neither the iPhone 13 mini models nor the 13 Pro models will be assembled in Brazil.
To be fair, Apple has never assembled Pro models of the iPhone in Brazil, probably because they are much more expensive and only a few people buy these models in emerging countries – but more affordable models like the iPhone SE and iPhone 11 were already on the market. assembled in Brazil.
It is interesting to see that Apple has decided to remove the iPhone 13 mini from its local assembly plans. Maybe the company knows the mini version has low demand regardless of efforts to make it more affordable, or it’s just an indication that the iPhone 13 mini will officially be discontinued later this year.
Brazil imposes high taxes on imported products, which include almost the entire line of Apple devices. For this reason, some companies invest in the local assembly process, as this grants a tax reduction to sell these products. According to a recent report, Apple was also expected to start production of the iPhone 13 in India this month.
Prices for the iPhone 13 in Brazil start at R$7,599 ($1,536), but customers can now find it in retail stores for prices as low as R$4,999 ($1,011).
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