Apple has started manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India. The move comes just a couple of weeks after the latest iPhones went on sale in over 30+ markets globally.
The Cupertino giant has already been assembling the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 in India. Foxconn and Wistron manufacture the phones in their Indian facilities.
Locally made iPhone 14 units will soon reach Indian retail stores
This is the shortest time Apple has taken to start making new iPhones in India after their global launch. Typically, the company starts manufacturing new iPhones in the country a few months after they go on sale. Reports indicated that Apple wanted to start manufacturing the iPhone 14 simultaneously in China and India. However, it delayed the plans after realizing the difficulty in replicating the stringent security measures of its China factory.
Made-in-India iPhone 14 units will reach retail stores in the country in the next few days. Apple will also export the units to meet the demand in neighboring countries. Foxconn is manufacturing the new iPhones for Apple at its facility outside of Chennai.
Apple confirmed the development in a statement to Business Standard. The company said it was “excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India.”
Apple is only manufacturing the non-Pro iPhone 14 in India. It is yet to start assembling its high-end Pro iPhones in the country.
Apple is moving away from China as its manufacturing hub
Apple currently heavily relies on China for manufacturing its various products. But the company is looking to change that and further diversify its supply chain. The Cupertino giant’s partners are already testing making the Apple Watch in Vietnam. They are also running test productions for new MacBooks. The Southeast Asian country has emerged as the second-largest production hub for Apple.
J.P. Morgan analysts believe Apple could make at least one out of four iPhones in India by 2025.