Could Chinese military treachery have influenced the world's most valuable public company to outsource more production to South India?
Apple's iPhone 11, which comes with a dual-camera system and the fastest chip in a smartphone, is now being manufactured at a Foxconn plant near the city of Chennai.
Earlier this month, India Today reported that Apple's major contractor, Foxconn, was investing $1 billion in Chennai, adding 6,000 jobs in the state of Tamil Nadu.
That came just as tensions had risen between India and China, as result of China ambushing and killing 20 Indian soldiers last month.
It occurred in a disputed border area in the western Ladakh region.
Apple's decision to source iPhones from India may help offset fears that its operations will be interrupted if America's trade dispute intensifies with China.
Apple's subcontractor, Foxconn, is based on Taiwan and has 12 factories in nine Chinese cities.
According to the Economic Times, Apple can avoid 22 percent import duties in India by making phones for the domestic market inside the country.
Apple is also reportedly considering making the new iPhone SE near the high-tech centre of Bengaluru, also in South India.