Apple has announced the start of production of iPhone 14 smartphones in India less than three weeks after their presentation. With this, the company reduced the traditional backlog of Indian production from the main production base in China – previously the latest iPhone generation was launched only 6-9 months after the presentation in India. For example, the iPhone 13 was only released in India in April.
Apple is trying to diversify production of its technology and reduce reliance on its manufacturing base in China, with whose government the US has been increasingly at odds lately.
According to Bloomberg, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s key manufacturing partner, has gone through every step, including shipping components from China to India and assembling the iPhone 14 at the Sriperumbudur plant near Chennai, to meet Apple’s high standards, including the data protection requirements. Locally made iPhones are expected to go on sale in the country later this year.
Apple began assembling smartphones locally in India in 2017, but the company has mainly used its manufacturing facilities in the country to produce older generation smartphones, while the current generation was mainly produced in China. However, the iPhone 13 has already been released in India on par with China.
Analysts estimate that by 2025 Apple will make India a global center for iPhone smartphone production and gradually reduce its dependence on China. Earlier this month, analysts at JP Morgan reported that Apple will shift 5% of global iPhone 14 production to India by the end of 2022. The company is expected to continue expanding its manufacturing capacity in the country to produce 25% of all iPhones here by 2025.