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Foxconn’s production of the iPhone 15 line in India has begun. This is a huge move forward for Apple, which is aiming to diversify iPhone manufacturing in order to become less reliant on China. This is also good news for India, which, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is hoping to be a manufacturing hub.
According to the Times of India, a Foxconn Technology Group plant in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is starting the production process of the new smartphones for Apple. It notes that the sources with knowledge about the matters revealed that the company hopes to rapidly increase the volume of new iPhones India produces. The Pegatron Corp and a Wistron Corp factory in the country will also reportedly start assembling the models for the new series.
This recent move marks a huge change in India’s iPhone manufacturing activity. To recall, Foxconn’s factories in India used to produce iPhones six to nine months behind China before the iPhone 14 release. Also, India used to handle the production of old models, making it the first time the country will manufacture a new iPhone series before Apple officially announces it. The Indian news website notes that “the goal this year is to move closer to parity on shipment timing from India and China,” though the suppliers are reportedly not sure about the plan’s success. The report adds:
The scale of India production for the iPhone 15 will depend on the ready availability of components, which are largely imported, and the smooth ramp-up of production lines at the Foxconn factory outside Chennai.