India will manufacture iPhone 14 as soon as it launches – Apple takes India seriously

In what is a major step in building a non-Chinese supply base for Apple devices, its impending iPhone 14 will ship simultaneously from factories in China and India upon launch. Until now, the iPhones, at the time of their launch, were mainly deployed in the factory of the contractors in China.

This is the first time Apple has chosen to have iPhones sourced almost simultaneously from factories in China and India.

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a tweet, say (opens in a new tab): “My latest survey indicates that Foxconn’s iPhone production site in India will ship the new iPhone 14 6.1” almost simultaneously with China for the first time in 2H22 (India being a quarter or more behind in the past ).

In another tweet, Kuo said, “In the short term, India’s iPhone capacities/shipments still have a huge gap with China, but this is an important step for Apple in building a site. of non-Chinese iPhone production.

India and Apple: manufacturing base and main market

Foxconn unit that manufactures iPhones

(Image credit: Foxconn)

It’s clear, and Kuo also suggested, Apple is trying to reduce its reliance on China. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is the escalation of tension between Washington and Beijing. In fact, Apple tried to make India its second production base. But the two years of Covid, which took a heavy toll on India, set back Apple’s plans.

The presence of Taiwanese contract assembler Foxconn in China and India may have made things easier for Apple, as the transfer and exchange of technology and personnel could be done seamlessly. Foxconn in India has also increased its production capacity. It recently received government permission to increase its workforce, which would help the company boost its manufacturing numbers. The government has approved Apple’s request for denotification of 40 acres inside the Foxconn factory near Chennai operating in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Foxconn has invested an additional $350 million in the unit to help build an exclusive production line for Apple iPhone 13. Besides iPhone 13, the Sriperumbudur factory is rolling out iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models. Foxconn also has a unit in nearby Andhra Pradesh.

Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, is Apple’s largest iPhone assembler and has factories in many parts of the world except India. Apple accounts for around 40% of the Taiwanese company’s total sales.

For Apple itself, India is a happy hunting ground, as it sold over 1.2 million iPhones in India in the second quarter of this year, registering a massive growth of 94% (year-on-year ). Nearly one million iPhones shipped in total were “made in India” devices.

Meanwhile, media claims that the iPhone 14 lineup includes iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. It is also expected that the iPhone 14 will be unveiled in the second week of September.

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