According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to manufacture the iPhone 14 in India amid tensions with China
(Reuters) – Apple is planning to start manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India as it looks for alternatives to China amid tensions between Washington and Beijing and following COVID-19-related production disruptions, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
Apple is currently working with suppliers to increase production in India and reduce lead times for new iPhones, typically six to nine months, the agency said, citing people familiar with the matter.
Foxconn, Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier, assessed the process of shipping items from China and assembling the iPhone 14 at its factory on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai, according to the article.
Production of the first iPhone 14s from India should be completed by the end of October or November.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The company has shifted parts of its iPhone production from China to other markets including India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market, and plans to assemble iPad tablets there as well.
India and other countries like Mexico and Vietnam are increasingly being sought out by contract manufacturers supplying US brands and trying to diversify production away from China.
Last week, Nikkei Asia reported that the tech giant’s suppliers were in talks to produce Apple Watch and MacBook computers in Vietnam for the first time.
(Reporting Shivani Tanna in Bangalore; French version Federica Mileo, edited by Kate Entringer)
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