08 September 2022
Apple has been manufacturing iPhone models in India for the last few years but it happens six to nine months after the global launch. A new Bloomberg report claims Apple is working on bridging that gap going forward. It wants to start making iPhones in India as soon as possible after the global debut.
The report claims Apple has intentions to start iPhone 14 manufacturing in India within two months of the launch. Since the event is expected to take place in September, we can see production in India begin sometime in October or November. It is working with Foxconn to increase the time required to begin manufacturing in the country.
The decision is related to reducing Apple's reliance on China for iPhone production. There have been continuous geopolitical tensions between the United States and China. Additionally, COVID-19 lockdowns have also impacted Apple's supply chain in China which eventually affects the number of units that can be produced. The ultimate goal for the company is to start production in India at the same time as it happens in China.
This is certainly an ambitious goal as of now. Apple will have to ensure the same level of quality and secrecy at Foxconn's Chennai plant which has been at Chinese plants for years now. It will undoubtedly take time and gradual improvements.