Some iPhone 15 Models Expected to Ship From India at Launch as Shift Away From China Continues

Apple plans to ship iPhone 15 models from India upon the device's launch – a first for the launch of a new iPhone lineup, signalling the company's gradual progress in diversifying its supply chain away from China, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

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Casings for the ‌iPhone 15‌ have reportedly started to be made in India by local suppliers such as Jabil, which already assembles AirPods enclosures and has plans to expand to the Apple Pencil in the future. The ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max will continue to be made exclusively in China.

Apple has experienced quality control issues with some Indian suppliers, limiting manufacturers to certain models and color options. Earlier this year, the Financial Times reported that only one in two ‌iPhone‌ casings coming off Tata's production line in India "is in good enough shape" to be sent forward to assembly at Foxconn.

In previous years, initial batches of new iPhones have exclusively been made in China, before India comes on stream gradually in the following months. With the ‌iPhone 15‌ lineup, Apple apparently expects to ship new devices from both countries simultaneously for the first time. See the full report for more information on Apple's efforts to shift production away from China.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago
This is such an amazing news! Years in the making. I can't wait to track our new iPhones coming from India directly.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
16 months ago
Beautiful thing
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacWiz_007 Avatar
16 months ago
Imagine if they were made in and then shipped from the US, like Apple products used to be. Wouldn't that be something! I'd personally be happy to pay whatever premium was added on. I realize not everyone would be willing or able to pay it though.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tipoo Avatar
16 months ago
Good. The CCP is going to drive a major conflict in the coming decades, India is a non-expansionist democracy. You can criticize it for certain things (as you can every country in the world) but it's far better than the CCP, which seem to be setting up for a Taiwan invasion.

Apple should have done this earlier, but it's good to really drive that push now.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marbles1 Avatar
16 months ago
Excellent news. Will be great to be know that at least some apple products are manufactured in a democracy. India is not perfect but it's a million miles from China in terms of freedoms.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3530025 Avatar
16 months ago
That's a good thing I guess. Less dependency on China. I believe good QC will make unrecognizable actual origin country.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)