Apple set to manufacture some iPhone 14 models in India


American tech giant Apple is set to manufacture some of its iPhone 14 models in India, several media outlets reported on Wednesday. The primary reason for this seems to be Apple trying to reduce its dependence on China for manufacturing its bestselling phone.

Bloomberg reported that Apple plans to ramp up production with contract manufacturer Foxconn at its assembly plant near Chennai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Foxconn will not be able to start immediate production of the iPhone 14 in India and will reportedly have to wait at least two months after the initial iPhone 14 series production starts in China, GSM Arena reported.

The first batch of iPhone 14 models made in India will likely be rolled out around late October to early November.

Apple and Foxconn are also working hard at shortening manufacturing lead times from the current nine months to six months.

Apple is reportedly looking to impose its strict rules alongside Foxconn at the assembly lines in India.

The Cupertino, CA based company has announced an event on September 7 where a slew of new products are expected to be announced, including the iPhone 14 lineup, which is expected to include the base iPhone 14, a new big-screen iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Pro, and an iPhone 14 Pro Max.