Apple’s main partner Foxconn has iPhone production lines in a few other places in the world outside of China, such as Brazil and India. However, China’s business remains the most important when it comes to global iPhone shipments. This time, however, it looks like Apple will begin production of the iPhone 14 in India and China simultaneously.
The report comes from a trusted analyst Ming Chi Kuo’, which revealed that at least one of the new iPhone 14 models will be manufactured in India at the same time as China. If this is true, this will be the first time that the production of a new generation iPhone will start simultaneously with China in another country.
As Kuo noted, the production of a new iPhone outside of China usually takes a few months in normal situations. For example, Foxconn began assembling iPhone 13 in India in April this year, while production began in Brazil a few weeks later.
Of course, iPhone production in other countries is not focused on meeting global demand, but on serving local markets. According to Kuo, the production capacity of the iPhone 14 in India will not be enough in the near term to close the gap caused by the manufacturing challenges in China, but it is still an “important milestone for Apple” when it comes to the expanding iPhone production to other places.
The analyst emphasizes that Apple’s decision to accelerate iPhone 14 production in India is due to geopolitical implications for the company’s supply chain.
Apple seeks alternatives to China
As reported earlier today, Apple has warned its suppliers of a potential “revenge” by the Chinese government against the United States following the controversial visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Pelosi met with a number of Apple suppliers, such as chipmaker TSMC and Taiwanese assembler Pegatron. Since then, there have been reports of China blocking shipments from these companies.
At the same time, production of the iPhone 14 lineup has also experienced delays due to component shortages and some minor quality issues. By increasing iPhone production in India and possibly Brazil, Apple may be able to slowly reduce its reliance on China – although this will be quite difficult to achieve.
But despite all these setbacks, analysts still think Apple will announce the new iPhones next month. The company is also rumored to be introducing the next-generation Apple Watch for the first time with a Pro model and a redesigned entry-level iPad with USB-C port and 5G.
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