iPhone 14 will be Make in India
Apple is planning to manufacture iPhone 14 in India. Currently they are working with supplier to speed up production in India and to shorten the lead time of manufacturing of new iPhones from 9 months to 6 months. They are planning to start production in India post its initial release in China in about 2 months. They are discussions with supplier to speed up production in India and to shorten the lead time of manufacturing of new iPhones from 9 months to 6 months for the previous launches.
Apple is looking the possibility of shipping its upcoming release of iPhone 14 from India as the company is looking to mitigate the geopolitical risks on the supply efficiency by creating production sites outside China. Currently it is solely depended on China for the manufacturing.
Apple’s iPhone manufacturer in India
In the short term, the iPhone shipments from India will still have a considerable gap from China, but it is still an important milestone for Apple as they are building a non – Chinese iPhone production site for the very first time. Currently the devices are manufactured by three contractors in India – Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron. These three are a part of the Indian government production linked incentive scheme. They would require to produce products every year worth INR 8,000 crore to get the incentives.
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Apple had been manufacturing iPhones in China for a long period of time and is looking for alternatives considering the Chinese government’s clashed with the United States and also the other factors including the recent Covid-19 recent lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
Foxconn Technology has studied the process of shipping components from China and had assembled the iPhone 14 device at their plant outside Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Both Apple and Foxconn is ultimately looking for simultaneous production in India and China. But it is not realistic for this year. But it remains the long term goal. The first production of initial iPhones are to be finished in late October or November following its initial September release. With this it has also generated employment opportunities for large number of people in the country.