Apple’s hardware manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly set to kickstart manufacturing of iPhone 15 series at its Tamil Nadu plant soon. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Foxconn is gearing up to assemble the upcoming iPhone 15 at its Sriperumbudur plant.
Besides Foxconn, the Bloomberg report also suggests that Pegatron and Wistron (soon to be acquired by Tata Group) are also said to be working on iPhone 15 manufacturing in India and are currently sourcing components for the same.
Apple has been manufacturing iPhones in India since 2017 and the iPhone SE was the first model assembled in the country. Last year, the company started manufacturing iPhone 14 just three months after the launch, and this year, the company is further closing down on the gap between its India and China manufacturing timeline. This means one could expect to see the ‘made-in-India’ iPhone 15 on the shelves within a few weeks of its official launch.
However, Apple has only been manufacturing the base variants of the iPhones, while the Pro iPhones models are still exclusively manufactured in China. A recent PTI report also suggests that Apple has also started manufacturing AirPods at its Hyderabad factory in India.
Due to the ongoing political tension between US and China, Apple is slowly moving its manufacturing footprint outside China, and India has gotten the most out of this development, where, 7 per cent of iPhone production comes from India.
Not just with manufacturing, but the company is also doubling down its efforts to promote and sell more iPhones. As a result, Apple now has two official stores and India recently became the fifth-largest iPhone market in the world.