Apple has started iPhone 14 manufacturing in India at its contract manufacturer Foxconn’s plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The global tech titan moved towards ‘Made-in-India’ as it wants to cut reliance on China for manufacturing. The manufactured flagship smartphones from the plant will be for both domestic and export markets by late 2022.
“Excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India”, the Cupertino-headquartered company said. “The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” it added.
iPhone 14 manufacturing in India
A recent report from JP Morgan suggested that Apple will move about five per cent of iPhone 14 manufacturing in India from late 2022 and reach 25 per cent by 2025. Nearly 25 per cent of all Apple products will be manufactured outside China by 2025, the report added.
Wistron, Foxconn, and Pegatron are Apple’s top 3 global manufacturing partners making smartphones in India. The tech giant started manufacturing iPhones in India back in 2007 with the iPhoneSE. Currently, iPhone 12 and SE, SE1 models are made at manufactured by Wistron in Bengaluru whereas iPhone 13 is being also manufactured in the country.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest iPhone 14 series during the company’s annual ‘Far Out’ event on September 7. The latest iPhone 14 series includes iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The new line-up is equipped with some advanced technologies like satellite connectivity and some new features along with improved cameras and powerful sensors.
iPhone manufacturing in India comes at a time Apple is understood to be looking outside China for strong manufacturing operations as the country presently accounts for the majority of the production for the tech giant and it is estimated that Apple sources as much as 95% of its goods from the Dragon Land. As per some reports, the Indian government has asked the American electronics giant to generate annual production output worth $50 billion within the country in 5-6 years and expand its locally-made product kitty beyond iPhones to include Macbooks, iPads, Air Pods, and watches.