Apple Could Start Manufacturing Some iPads in India

Apple is considering manufacturing some of its iPads in India as it works to cut down on its reliance in China, reports CNBC. Apple has discussed relocating some iPad manufacturing to India with Indian officials, but there are hurdles to overcome, such as manufacturing expertise.

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There have been no "concrete plans" established as of yet, but discussions are ongoing, and Apple is motivated to expand manufacturing in countries outside of China. Sources that spoke to CNBC warned that India has a lack of "highly skilled talent and individuals with expertise in building highly complex devices," which could slow down Apple's efforts.

Transitioning some manufacturing to India has been Apple's plan since 2017. The company began with producing some older iPhone models like the iPhone SE in the country, and has slowly ramped up ‌iPhone‌ manufacturing. The launch of the iPhone 14 models marked the first time that Apple used India for the manufacturing of flagship iPhones, and some of the ‌iPhone 14‌ models are assembled in India.

Apple supplier Foxconn has also been investing in India, and Apple is said to be aiming to produce approximately 25 percent of iPhones in India by 2025. Other Apple suppliers such as Wistron and Pegatron have expanded to India to help Apple expand manufacturing outside of China as part of a long term goal.

Apple has been criticized for its reliance on China, which has become a major issue in 2022 with rising tensions between the U.S. and China and the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in the country. Right now, Apple's iPhone 14 Pro models are in short supply due to restrictions at Foxconn manufacturing facilities that resulted in worker riots and protests.

In November, Apple confirmed that ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and Pro Max shipments would be lower than expected due to the issues at the Foxconn facility. Foxconn is responsible for manufacturing approximately 70 percent of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models. Apple could see a significant hit to holiday revenue as a result, and shipments are not expected to return to normal until late December at the earliest.

While Apple has been working to reduce its presence in China for many years, The Wall Street Journal said over the weekend that Apple's plans to shift production to other countries like India and Vietnam have accelerated. Apple is telling its suppliers to "plan more actively" for assembling iPhones in other countries.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
8 weeks ago
Such lovely news ? .No need to consider it anymore. Leave China behind at all costs. They had their chances and they blew it up.

This should have been done when Covid had an outbreak in China. Better late than never. ??
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icanhazmac Avatar
8 weeks ago
Good! Anything that reduces their presence in China is a great thing!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
monster620ie Avatar
8 weeks ago
ridiculous that they don't do major production in America. Even Tesla has two big factories in America.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d5aqoëp Avatar
8 weeks ago

I would add transport infrastructure, power grid, and supply chain proximity to the major obstacles to manufacturing consumer electronics in India.
Those are a thing of past. Apple is already manufacturing iPhones in India, isn’t it? This year they started manufacturing iPhone 14 in India within few weeks of launch. Previously it was after 6 months.

We (the world) will slowly but surely wean itself of China.
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oofio2461 Avatar
8 weeks ago
One Step closer to Apple dropping China! ALL Manufacturing should stop in China especially with the work conditions lately!
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d5aqoëp Avatar
8 weeks ago

Usually anything tech made in India stays in India as far as manufacturing. Their government has a made in India policy.
That is false and old info buddy.

India is making huge strides in becoming phone manufacturing hub and easing earlier restrictions.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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