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After iPhone 14 manufacturing delay in India, Apple to make iPhone 15 in China and India simultaneously

Apple may produce the iPhone 15 in China and India at the same time next year, after reducing the manufacturing gap for iPhone 14 production.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Sep 02 2022, 11:30 IST
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the next iPhone 15 is likely to be manufactured in India and China simultaneously. (AFP)
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the next iPhone 15 is likely to be manufactured in India and China simultaneously. (AFP)

Last month, reports surfaced online that Apple is moving its iPhone 14 production outside China and will be manufacturing the units in India soon after the global launch. Now, ahead of the September 7 Apple event to unveil the iPhone 14 series, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo comes with a new claim for the production of next year’s flagship lineup- the iPhone 15. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple may produce the next iPhone 15 series at the same in India and China next year.

"The iPhone 14's mass production schedule in India this year is still about six weeks behind China, but the gap has improved significantly. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that India and China will be able to produce the new iPhone 15 at the same time next year,” Ming-Chi Kuo’s tweet reads. Earlier, it was predicted that the iPhone maker will start the production of the upcoming iPhone 14 series in India two months after its debut. However, the latest claims via Kuo mention that it will go under the manufacturing process in India two weeks before the prediction.

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"My latest survey indicates Foxconn's iPhone production site in India will ship the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in the second half of 2022 (India being one quarter or more behind in the past)," Kuo further said. He further suggested that India’s iPhone shipments still have a considerable gap with China. However, the latest development is an important milestone for Apple toward a non-Chinese iPhone production site.

Expansion of iPhone manufacturing in India

Apple analyst hints that “it implies that Apple is trying to reduce the geopolitical impacts on supply and sees the Indian market as the next key growth driver.” Apple started the manufacturing of the iPhone in India back in 2017 with the first iPhone SE. Apart from these, Apple is manufacturing some of its other models including the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 in India.

Now, Apple is all set to add a new lineup to its iPhone portfolio with the launch of the iPhone 14 series, which will bring four models - iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and highly specced iPhone 14 Pro Max during the Apple Event which is titled as “Far Out” on September 7.

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First Published Date: 02 Sep, 11:30 IST
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