In a bid to diversify its supply chain outside China, Apple has confirmed it has begun manufacturing iPhone 14 in India.
According to MoneyControl, Apple said in a statement that the new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities and that the company is excited to manufacture iPhone 14 in India.
MoneyControl, citing sources, reported made-in-India iPhone 14 would begin delivery in the next few days from Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility on the outskirts of Chennai. Besides, Bloomberg quoted sources saying that Apple began producing iPhone 14 in India sooner than anticipated as Apple and Foxconn accelerated the process after resolving supply chain issues.
Apple’s suppliers started making iPhones in India in 2017, starting from iPhone SE. Currently, Apple manufactures iPhone SE, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14 in India.
TechCrunch reported that JP Morgan analysts predict India to account for 25% of iPhone production by 2025, adding that Apple would only produce iPhone 14/14 Plus in India due to the more complex camera module alignment of the iPhone Pro series and higher local market demand for the iPhone 14 series.
Meanwhile, DIGITIMES reported that sales of iPhone 14 are not as good as expected in China, and Apple is adjusting production share between contract manufacturers, with Luxshare impacted most.
Still, China will account for a majority of the iPhone and global smartphone production in the foreseeable future, with Counterpoint Research estimating that China produced 67% of the world’s handsets in 2021. Besides, according to Apple’s top 200 supplier list for 2020, 96 China-based Apple suppliers account for nearly half of the total.
Narendra Modi-led India is keen to build a mobile manufacturing ecosystem. Citing sources, Bloomberg reported that Tata has been discussing with Wistron for cooperation on iPhone production in India.