Smartphone manufacturing giant Apple Inc to start it’s manufacturing plant for iPhone 14 in India as US tech giant looks for alternatives to China after clashes with Xi Chinese government with Washington and lockdowns across the country halted the production.
The company has worked with suppliers to ramp up production in India for their latest iphone 14 series, cutting production delays for the new iPhones from the usual six months seen for previous launches to nine months, a report said on this Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said. According to the report, Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier Foxconn is evaluating the process of shipping goods from China and assembling the iPhone 14 at a factory outside the southern Indian city of Chennai. Apple and Foxconn ultimately pointed out that a simultaneous launch in India and China later this year was unrealistic, but that’s still a long-term goal, the people said. The first iPhone 14 from India is expected to be ready at the end of October or November after the initial release in September,said one of the official.
Production of the first iPhone 14 from India is expected to be completed by the end of October or by November, the report futher added. Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters’.
The company is planing to shift some of its iPhone production plant from China to other favourable markets, including India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market, where it is also planning to assemble iPad tablets.
Countries such as India, Mexico and Vietnam are becoming increasingly important for contract manufacturers to supply American brands looking to diversify their production houses away from China.
Last week, Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the tech giant’s supplier was in talk to produce the Apple Watch and his MacBook in Vietnam for the first time.