iPhone Exports From India Set to Double to $2.5 Billion YoY by March 2023 [Updated]

Apple's iPhone exports from India have amounted to $1 billion in the five months since April, as the country makes headway in its bid to become a major electronics manufacturing hub for Apple (via Bloomberg).

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According to Bloomberg's sources, shipments of India-made iPhones to Europe and the Middle East are set to reach $2.5 billion by March 2023, almost doubling the $1.3 billion worth of iPhones the country exported in the year through March 2022.

While small by China's standards, India's increasing ‌iPhone‌ output signals the strength of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's local manufacturing policies and Apple's willingness to plough investment into the country as an alternative to China's electronics assembly hegemony and the disruptive geopolitical issues that come with it.

"The healthy growth in Apple's manufacturing scale and export shows India is gradually assuming an important position in the company's China plus one strategy," Navkendar Singh, an analyst at tech researcher IDC, told Bloomberg. "And for India, this a big sign of the success of its financial incentives scheme."

Apple's Taiwanese assembly partners Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron all have ‌iPhone‌ manufacturing plants in India, where ‌iPhone‌ 11, ‌iPhone‌ 12, iPhone 13, and most recently iPhone 14 models are being produced. Apple recently announced it had begun ‌iPhone 14‌ assembly in the country, while reducing the delay between Chinese and India output from months to weeks.

In diversifying its production lines away from China, Apple is playing a long game that won't see a major impact on its supply chain for many years. Bloomberg recently reported that it would take around eight years to move just 10% of Apple's production capacity out of China, where about 98% of iPhones are still made.

Update 11/5: According to Nikkei Asia, Apple is also asking suppliers to move some AirPods and Beats headphone production to India for the first time, with partners Luxshare and Foxconn poised to switch assembly of said products to the country.

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Top Rated Comments

DelayedGratificationGene Avatar
22 months ago
Great job Tim.
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CB1234 Avatar
22 months ago
Once India starts shipping significant percentage of Apple's iPhones, they too will have their own geo political problems, for Apple to deal with..

But this is good news and going forward, perhaps a sign of less dependency on any one country...
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GeoStructural Avatar
22 months ago

But this is good news and going forward, perhaps a sign of less dependency on any one country...

Apparently if I express my preference as a consumer for iPhone production in one country or another it is considered political, so I will refrain. From Apple's viewpoint, not mine, surely diversifying production makes a lot of sense economically.
Diversifying makes a lot more sense geopolitically than economically, but yes, it can potentially save economic losses in undesirable scenarios.

I also believe this is a good move, but anyone who has visited these Chinese industrial areas will be able to recognize that there are big reasons why they dominate manufacturing, they have created their cities for it, policies, rail lines, harbors, and a strong working class ethic.
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Kottu Avatar
22 months ago

majority of indians are too budget sensitive for iphones. not to mention you missed the point of this article completely since its talking about exporting not india domestic consumption.
Yes they are. But the middle class in India is larger than US population. iPhone is becoming more popular among middle and upper class. Many are against Chinese companies so, people who used to buy One+, Xiaomi etc are moving towards Apple and Samsung.
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svish Avatar
22 months ago
Happy to see an increased production of iPhones in India.
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4odomi Avatar
22 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2022/10/04/iphone-exports-india-2-5-bn-march-2023/')

Apple's iPhone exports from India have amounted to $1 billion in the five months since April, as the country makes headway in its bid to become a major electronics manufacturing hub for Apple (via Bloomberg ('https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-04/apple-iphone-exports-from-india-doubling-in-boon-to-modi-s-plan')).



According to Bloomberg's sources, shipments of India-made iPhones to Europe and the Middle East are set to reach $2.5 billion by March 2023, almost doubling the $1.3 billion worth of iPhones the country exported in the year through March 2022.

While small by China's standards, India's increasing iPhone output signals the strength of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's local manufacturing policies and Apple's willingness to plough investment into the country as an alternative to China's electronics assembly hegemony and the disruptive geopolitical issues that come with it.
Apple's Taiwanese assembly partners Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron all have iPhone manufacturing plants in India, where iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and most recently iPhone 14 models are being produced. Apple recently announced ('https://www.macrumors.com/2022/09/26/apple-manufacturing-iphone-14-india/') it had begun iPhone 14 assembly in the country, while reducing the delay between Chinese and India output from months to weeks.

In diversifying its production lines away from China, Apple is playing a long game that won't see a major impact on its supply chain for many years. Bloomberg recently reported ('https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-30/apple-s-tech-supply-chain-shows-difficulty-of-dumping-china') that it would take around eight years to move just 10% of Apple's production capacity out of China, where about 98% of iPhones are still made.

Article Link: iPhone Exports From India Set to Double to $2.5 Billion YoY by March 2023 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2022/10/04/iphone-exports-india-2-5-bn-march-2023/')
Like all manufacturers, Apple are just looking for more slave labor ?
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