Apple once again reduces the dependency of its manufacturing process on China: According to a report by Techcrunch, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn has started to assemble the current iPhone 11 in India. The first batches are said to have already been delivered for sale from the factory near the Indian city of Chennai.
Further expand production in India
The production in the Indian plant should include the entire range of models of the iPhone 11 – that is, the iPhone 11 and the two better-equipped versions iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max in the Techcrunch reportwho relies on an anonymous source. China is still the country where the vast majority of iPhones are manufactured, mostly in Foxconn factories. Apple wants to further expand production in India, which is now the second largest smartphone market in the world.
Apple had already started manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017, at that time only with its partner Wistron. However, so far only older models have been assembled there, which Apple continues to offer at a discount in addition to the current model year (e.g. the earlier iPhone SE and currently the XR model). The plan to relocate Apple’s production to India was announced recently. A main reason for this is likely to be the uncertainties for companies that result from the unabated smoldering trade war between the United States and China. The most recent announcement was that Foxconn wanted to invest about one billion dollars to expand manufacturing capacity in India.