As you may already know, on Wednesday, 7th September 2022 Apple launched their New Apple Products such as Apple Watches, Apple Airpods, and Apple iPhone 14 Series. In which the latest iPhone 14 lineup includes iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max with improved cameras, satellite messaging features to send SOS texts in emergencies, and robust(powerful) sensors. The new lineup comes in 4 different models: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple’s latest Smartphone iPhone 14 will be Made-in-India as the global tech giant bets high on the manufacturing prowess of the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, India which comes after China(1st largest). And earlier this month, analysts at the investment bank, JP Morgan said that “they expect Apple to move around 5% of iPhone production to India this year.” Apple is also looking to increase its footprint in India by betting on the country. As of last year, its market share was about 4%.
It all started back in 2017 when Taiwan-based Foxconn, which is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and manufactures the majority of Apple’s phones, had an operation in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and started manufacturing iPhone handsets in India starting with iPhone SE. Today, Apple manufactures some of its most advanced iPhone devices, including the iPhone SE, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14. And this new iPhone 14 will be shipped from Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility which is located on the outskirts of Chennai.
When contacted, Apple in a statement to PTI(Press Trust Of India) said: “We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India.” “The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities,” it also said.
The US giant has been struggling to compete with the much cheaper South Korean and Chinese smartphones that continue to dominate the Indian smartphone market. And remember my fellow Indians, manufacturing in India does not mean the phones will be cheaper in the country it’s because of high import duties on components and other taxes. So while Indians might be looking at the ‘Made in India’ tag on their iPhones, they will still have to pay a hefty sum to own them.
Some sources say that the Made-in-India iPhone 14 will reach local customers in the very next few days. Also, the iPhones manufactured in India will not only be for the Indian market, and also export. Experts see this step by iPhone manufacturing in India to reduce its complete dependency on China for manufacturing their iPhones. Reports also predicted that a quarter of all iPhone production will be in the South Asian nation by 2025. According to the South East Asian country’s government, last year Apple supplier Foxconn invested $1.5bn (£1.4bn) in Vietnam.