iPhone 14: China is no longer the only country to manufacture the smartphone
In an effort to end its dependence on China, Apple has announced that India will now take over part of the production of the iPhone 14. Only the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models would be affected.
Apple announced this week that it will start manufacturing its new iPhone 14 models in India rather than China, marking one of the company’s most important detours from this countryamid the industry’s reassessment of relationships with Chinese supply chains.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple said it was ” delighted to manufacture iPhone 14 in India », just a few weeks after its launch. Since 2017, India was already serving as a production hub for older generation iPhone modelswhile production of newer models did not begin locally until several months after their global launch.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are still produced in China
For now, India would only be responsible for a small portion of the total iPhone 14 and 14 Plus production. TechCrunch reports that the country might not locally produce the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max. These two models have more complex photo technologies, and local demand would mainly concern the classic iPhone 14. However, we know that in most other countries, it is the iPhone 14 Pro Max which is the most popular. For its part, we know that the iPhone 14 Plus is the least appreciated model, the pre-order figures having been even worse than those of the iPhone 13 mini.
Foxconn, one of Apple’s main assemblers, will ship the devices from a facility near the southern city of Chennai. Apple will sell India-produced phones locally, but will also export them to other markets around the world. Customers in India will start receiving the locally made devices in the coming days.
This news confirms a report from JPMorgan, which announced earlier this month that Apple will transfer 5% of its global iPhone 14 production in India by the end of 2022. According to analysts at the firm, Apple could manufacture 25% of all iPhones by 2025 in India.