As part of Apple’s broader initiative to diversify its manufacturing beyond China and reduce supply chain vulnerabilities, the upcoming iPhone 15, the company’s flagship product, is now reportedly entering the production phase in Tamil Nadu, a
A facility operated by Foxconn Technology Group, major supplier for the tech giant in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu is gearing up to dispatch the latest iPhone units shortly after their initial rollout from Chinese factories, according to a Bloomberg report.
This move is aimed at rapidly ramping up the quantity of new iPhones manufactured in India, according to individuals acquainted with the situation, amid increasing trade uncertainty due to political tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration in India has endeavored to strengthen its relationship with the United States while positioning the country as a prominent manufacturing center as part of the ‘Make In India’ initiative.
Reportedly, according to sources in the know, further alignment in the shipment schedules from India and China is the overall objective toi reduce dependency on one manufacturing hub, although suppliers remain uncertain about achieving this goal.
Accessibility of components, predominantly sourced through imports, especially as the world faces semiconductor shortage woes and the seamless scaling up of production lines at the Foxconn facility situated near Chennai will all be factors in how the iPhone manufacturing in India will ramp up.
Anticipated to be unveiled around September 12, the upcoming iPhone represents a significant advancement for the device after a span of three years. Notable enhancements encompass a substantial upgrade to the camera system across all variants, while the Pro models are set to incorporate an enhanced 3-nanometer A16 processor.
Apple has been hit with diminishing sales due to lackluster consumer interest in major markets such as the US, China, and Europe. The company is hoping its presence on ground in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market, especially with the opening of official Apple stores, will give sales a boost fot the next quarter.
Additional Apple suppliers operating in India, including Pegatron Corp. and a Wistron Corp. facility that is in the process of being acquired by the Tata Group, are also expected to commence iPhone 15 assembly, as per Bloomberg.
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