Apple Inc has made plans to start manufacturing iPhone 14 in India as the US tech giant seeks alternatives to China after the Xi administration’s clashed with Washington and lockdowns across the country disrupted production. The company has been working with its suppliers to increase its production in India and shorten the lag in manufacturing new iPhones from the typical six to nine months for previous launches, the report said on Tuesday, August 23rd, citing people familiar with the matter.
According to the report, Foxconn, Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier, has studied the process of shipping items from China and assembling the iPhone 14 at their plant outside Chennai. Production of the first iPhone 14 from India is likely to be completed in late October or November, the report added.
The company has been moving some areas of iPhone production from China to other markets, including India, the world’s second-biggest smartphone market. India and countries such as Vietnam and Mexico are becoming increasingly essential to contract manufacturers supplying US brands as they try to diversify production away from China. Apple is also planning to assemble iPad tablets in the country.