Apple begins manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India

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A view of the brand new iPhone 14 at an Apple occasion at their headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022.

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Apple stated Monday it’s assembling its flagship iPhone 14 in India because the U.S. know-how large appears to shift some manufacturing away from China.

“The brand new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new applied sciences and essential security capabilities. We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” Apple stated in a press release.

Apple’s primary iPhone assembler Foxconn is manufacturing the units at its Sriperumbudur manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Chennai. 

The Cupertino large has been manufacturing iPhones in India since 2017 however these had been normally older fashions. This time with the iPhone 14, Apple is manufacturing its newest mannequin in India for the primary time, near the machine’s launch. Apple launched the iPhone 14 earlier this month.

Apple will promote India-produced telephones domestically but in addition export them to different markets globally. Clients in India will start receiving the domestically produced units within the subsequent few days.

JP Morgan analysts stated in a observe this month that Apple will transfer 5% of its world manufacturing for the iPhone 14 to India by late 2022. Apple cloud additionally make 25% of all iPhones by 2025 in India, JP Morgan stated.

Apple’s give attention to manufacturing in India highlights the tech large’s want to diversify manufacturing away from China and increase prospects in India, which is presently a small marketplace for the corporate.

Apple has a powerful momentum in India. India is among the many 20+ international locations on the earth the place the premiumization development has simply began.

Tarun Pathak

analysis director, Counterpoint Analysis

Apple nonetheless depends closely on China for almost all of iPhone manufacturing.

However Beijing has continued with a method of lockdowns to regulate Covid resurgences at the same time as many of the world appears to open their societies. The zero Covid coverage has disrupted manufacturing at factories throughout China the place lockdowns happen and highlighted some potential weak spots in Apple’s provide chain.

India has regarded to spice up native manufacturing of electronics by incentives.

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In the meantime, Apple has been trying to improve gross sales in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market. Apple had only a 3.8% market share in India final yr, as decrease value rivals reminiscent of Samsung and China’s Xiaomi proceed to dominate, in response to Counterpoint Analysis.

Nevertheless, Apple was the top-selling model within the ultra-premium section, that are telephones over 45,000 Indian rupees ($552), within the second quarter of this yr. That is because of sturdy momentum of its earlier technology iPhone 13 fashions.

Apple’s iPhone 14 begins at 79,900 rupees ($980).

“Apple has a powerful momentum in India. India is among the many 20+ international locations on the earth the place the premiumization development has simply began,” Tarun Pathak, analysis director at Counterpoint Analysis, informed CNBC.

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