Apple has commenced manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India at Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility located in the outskirts of Chennai. According to report, the made-in-India iPhone 14 units will be available for purchase later this year.
The iPhone maker announced in a statement, “We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India. The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities.”
Apple started iPhone manufacturing in India back in 2017 with the iPhone SE. So far, the Cupertino-based company manufactures the iPhone SE, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 in the country. With the latest iPhone 14 being added to the assembly line, India can now boast of an impressive manufacturing lineup.
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According to JP Morgan analysts, Apple plans to hand over five percent of global iPhone 14 production to India by the end of this year. Eventually, it aims to boost the country’s manufacturing capacity to manufacture 25 percent of iPhones by 2025. If the iPhone maker succeeds, it will be able to reduce its dependence on China significantly. Meanwhile, India has been actively offering attractive subsidies to Apple’s manufacturing partners such as Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron.
It is reported that only the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models will be manufactured in India. The Pro models won’t be produced in the country due to the complexity of the camera module. JP Morgan analysts explain, “We believe Apple only produces iPhone 14/14 Plus models in India now due to the more complex camera module alignment of the iPhone Pro series (done by EMS vendors) and higher local market demand for the iPhone 14 series (tax savings).” We expect the volume to start small in 4Q22 (~1M units per month, or 5% of total iPhone volume).”