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Apple is planning to launch its iPhone 15 series in India soon, just a few days after its global unveiling. The tech company is also reportedly considering making the Indian launch at the same time it will introduce the new lineup globally if possible.
The Economic Times reported that this will be possible through Foxconn’s factory located in Chennai. The volume produced locally will then be the supply Apple will use for the local market. After this, Apple will reportedly start the export process of the Indian-made iPhones to Europe and the US after December. The release of the new products will allow the company to continue its reign as India’s largest mobile phone exporter.
This is a huge change compared to the previous orders India received in the past, wherein China always used to make the first batches of the new iPhone models. For instance, 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. With this, this year’s iPhone 15 orders mark the first time India will manufacture a new iPhone series before Apple officially announces it.
The move is part of Apple’s diversification plans for iPhone products, which should benefit India in the coming years. According to previous reports, the Cupertino giant is now eyeing the country as one of its principal manufacturing bases. This resulted in various investments of Apple’s partners in India in hopes of building more sites that can cater to iPhone assembly orders in the future.
This also speaks volumes about Apple’s current treatment of India, which is now the fifth biggest iPhone market worldwide. According to recent reports, the company is even communicating with the country’s government to further elaborate on its future iPhone business plans. Back in August, top representatives of Apple reportedly met the Indian Finance Ministry officials. No specific details were shared, but it was revealed that one of the key points in the discussion pointed to “how India’s policies could be aligned to support this initiative” involving iPhone manufacturing.