Apple is making iPhone14 in India, shifting its supply chains away from China
It’s official — Apple will be making its new iPhone 14 lineup in India ahead of schedule. The world-leading smartphone maker rolled out its newest product — the iPhone 14 series earlier this month. Previously, it was rumored that iPhone 14 would be manufactured in India two months after its initial release.
The models will reach Indian customers in the next few days, according to Indian Express citing sources. These iPhone 14s will be manufactured by Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility in Chennai, a city in southern India.
“The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” Apple said in a statement, according to TechCrunch.
China has long been the manufacturing hub for a range of companies, including Apple. In recent years, due to geopolitical tension and COVID measures, Apple has been trying to diversify its supply chain and shift to other Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and India. In the past, Apple has manufactured several smartphone lineups in India, starting in 2017. However, they were mostly “jet-lagged” — iPhone 11 was manufactured in India 10 months after launch, and iPhone 12 was 6 months after launch.
Apple’s move marks a significant shift in the company’s strategy. Previously, analysts at investment bank JP Morgan had predicted that Apple would move around 5% of iPhone production to India this year, and raising it to 25% by 2025.
India has been trying to attract global tech giants and manufacturers with its “Make in India” campaign. Last week, the Indian government updated an incentive scheme that will “fund 50 percent of the project cost across all technology nodes for setting up of semiconductor fabs, including not just cutting-edge computing chips but also those used in power, telecom and automotive sectors,” according to India Times.