Apple will make the new iPhone 14 in India, the US group said on Monday, as it seeks to diversify its production outside of China. “We are excited to build iPhone 14 phones in India,” Apple said in a brief statement.
The announcement comes weeks after Apple released a new version of its smartphones. Sanyam Chaurasia, an analyst at Canalys Technology, says the US group will start production of iPhone 14 phones in India long before previous models.
Currently, the iPhone production line is mainly based in China, but analysts say the country’s “Covid Zero” policy to fight the pandemic and tensions with the United States have hampered production.
The California-based company makes older iPhone models in India through Taiwanese manufacturers such as Foxconn, which has a factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
“Over the past two years, Apple has accelerated the diversification of its (based) production chain in India,” Chaurasia told AFP, noting that about 7.5 million iPhones were made in India last year, about 3% of Apple’s total production. Ready Apple’s decision will support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Made in India” strategy, which encouraged foreign companies to manufacture products in his country.
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