Apple plans to reduce iPhone 14 production lag between China and India
(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) plans to start manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India about two months after its release outside China, in a move that will narrow the gap from the typical six to nine months for previous launches , Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.
The company has been working with suppliers to ramp up manufacturing in India and the country’s first iPhone 14s are expected to be completed in late October or November, following the initial September release, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier Foxconn (2317.TW) studied the process of shipping items from China and assembling the iPhone 14 at its out-of-town factory. Chennai, in southern India, he reported.
The US tech giant is exploring options after Beijing’s clashes with Washington and lockdowns across the country disrupted production, the report said.
Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Apple has moved some iPhone production areas from China to other markets, including India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market, and also plans to assemble iPad tablets there.
India and other countries like Mexico and Vietnam are becoming increasingly important for contract manufacturers supplying US brands as they try to diversify production away from China.
Earlier, the United States was considering limiting shipments of U.S. chipmaking equipment to memory chipmakers in China in a bid to halt advances in China’s semiconductor industry and protect U.S. companies.
If President Joe Biden’s administration makes the move, it could also hurt South Korean memory chip behemoths Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and SK Hynix Inc (000660.KS), which have large factories in the country.
Last week, Nikkei announced that Apple suppliers were in talks to produce Apple Watch and MacBook in Vietnam for the first time.
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