It is discovered that Foxconn Brazil is manufacturing 6.1-inch iPhone 13 at its facility located in Jundiai, São Paulo for the local market. Previously, the iPhone 13 units assembled in China were sold in Brazil.
Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn is Apple’s long-term iPhone assembling partner. As part of Apple’s expansion outside China, the company’s suppliers have been expanding their manufacturing capacity in India, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Now, Foxconn has dedicated a facility to assemble iPhone 13 units.
Foxconn Brazil to only manufacture 6.1-inch iPhone 13 model, not iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro models
Affordable iPhone SE and iPhone 11 were assembled in Brazil but now the premium iPhone 13 model is also added to the list. A 9to5Mac Brazilian reader highlighted that the iPhone 13 he bought was made in Brazil. The model number on the product confirms that it was assembled in Brazil.
9to5Mac reader João Menicucci recently bought an iPhone 13 in Brazil. To his surprise, the box indicates that the product was “Assembled in Brazil.” The model number, MLPF3BR/A, confirms that the device was indeed assembled in the country, as the units sold in Brazil that are imported from China have the identifier “BZ/A” instead.
It can be assumed that high taxes imposed on imported products in Brazil pushed the Cupertino tech giant to manufacture iPhone 13 model for the local market at a lower price.
Furthermore, documentation found by MacMagazine also reveals that Apple does not plan to manufacture 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max in Brazil.
MacMagazine has found out that Apple updated the iPhone 13 documentation at ANATEL (the Brazilian telecom regulator) on January 24, 2022 to include Foxconn Brazil as a manufacturing facility for the product. The documents also confirm that neither the iPhone 13 mini nor the 13 Pro models will be assembled in Brazil.
Perhaps, the alleged discontinuation of the iPhone 13 mini and higher price tags of iPhone 13 Pro models are the reasons for not assembling those models in Brazil.