Will Apple make new iPhones in India before doing it in China? — Vophs India

Apple will start manufacturing its new iPhone model in India just two months after manufacturing it in China.

The move “is narrowing the gap between the two countries but not closing it completely as some had expected.” Bloomberg reported today..

In the past, new iPhone models were assembled in India only 7-8 months after they hit the market. The iPhone 14 won’t be ready for its September launch, but likely later October or November.

Foxconn’s Tamil Nadu factory, which manufactures the iPhone 11 and 12, will likely make the iPhone 14 as well. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities Group.

If true, “this is a major milestone for Apple in creating a non-Chinese iPhone production site,” he said. Ko tweeted.. “This means that Apple is trying to minimize geopolitical impacts on supply and sees the Indian market as the next key growth driver.”

The Apple production gap between India and China is closing.

Apple just started Assembling—rather manufacturing—in India in 2017. It started with its most expensive model, the iPhone SE. Over time, new models have joined the list albeit in lesser numbers.

Apple’s flagship iPhone was released on September 13, 2021, but the Cupertino firm It started its trial production in India three months after the launch.

gave $2 trillion firm Now using India more. China’s economic downturn. And a A breakdown in US relations with this country.

“The company is working with suppliers to reduce production delays for the new iPhone,” Bloomberg reported.

Advantages of manufacturing in India for Apple

According to Nakendra Singh, an associate vice president at International Data Corporation (IDC) India, after testing India as a manufacturing base over the past two years, it is not impossible to imagine that Apple will emphasize India over China.

“It makes sense to start with the latest model here. Even if in small volumes,” Singh said.

There are big incentives to increase local production.

For example, before Indian models hit store shelves “Apple pays about 20 percent duty which can affect prices,” said Tarun Pathak, research director at Counterpoint Research. With the launch just before the country’s festive season of Diwali and the holidays after, “the local assembly will definitely help Apple save those duties,” he said.

Will India ever replace China as Apple’s main hub?

Matching China’s production pace is still largely India’s dream.

According to Pathak, major obstacles such as the lack of a partial ecosystem remain. Ironically, these ingredients themselves provide the sugar. Also, New Delhi’s relations with Beijing Not hot at the best of times..

India may not be the easiest place to do business either. Apple’s plan to open physical stores in the country is in cold storage. Suppliers Foxconn and Wistron have come under fire for allegedly mistreating workers.

“Replacing China as a primary will take time in terms of scale and volume as well as infrastructure and expertise,” said IDC’s Singh. “It will take a few years.”

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