About two months after the first wave of smartphones is launched from China, Apple will start producing the iPhone 14 in India as manufacturing partners attempt to recreate the intricate iPhone supply chain operation for the first time in another nation.
According to insiders familiar with the situation, Apple has been collaborating with suppliers to increase manufacture in India and “shorten the lag in production of the next iPhone from the customary six to nine months for past releases.”
According to the report’s sources, Apple and the key iPhone manufacturer Foxconn have “ultimately concluded a simultaneous launch in India and China isn’t practical this year, while it remains a long-term ambition.”
In light of China’s disputes with the United States government and its rigorous lockdowns, which have interrupted supply chain operations, Apple is said to be looking for alternatives to China. In order to do this, Foxconn is said to have been researching the procedure for receiving components from China and putting the iPhone 14 handsets together at its facility outside of Chennai, a city in southern India.
One of the major difficulties the manufacturer is believed to have had is figuring out how to uphold Apple’s strict requirements for confidentiality, in addition to the enormous burden of managing cooperation across hundreds of suppliers.
The notion of “completely boxing off one of Foxconn’s several manufacturing lines, secluding employees and carefully examining every potential weakness in the security around the gadget” was apparently considered by local executives in India.
The company’s strict product secrecy safeguards may be jeopardised by Indian customs officers who often open shipments to verify if imported goods match their claims.
The first iPhone 14 models from India are anticipated to be completed in late October or November, after the original September release, since Apple and Foxconn have opted against a simultaneous launch in China and India this year due to the high likelihood of leaks and other operational issues.
Retail workers are reportedly preparing for a new product release on Friday, September 16, which means the next iPhone and Apple Watch models might be released on that day. Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 14 on Wednesday, September 7. The four iPhone 14 variants that Apple intends to offer are the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.