Make iPhone 16 Batteries in India, Apple Tells Component Suppliers

Apple has told component suppliers it wants iPhone 16 batteries to be made in India, as part of the company's efforts to diversify its global supply chain and reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing.

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The Financial Times reports that Apple has informed battery suppliers including China's Desay and Taiwan's Simplo Technology of its preference to have batteries for next year's iPhone made in India, and has encouraged the manufacturers to establish new factories there or scale up production at existing sites for future orders.

"If all goes well with iPhone 16 battery supply, Apple plans to move more iPhone battery production to India," said one of the people close to Apple who spoke to FT.

Apple already works with Foxconn, Pegatron, and Tata (new owner of Wistron) to manufacture iPhones in India, with Foxconn handling 75 to 80 percent of the device assembly. Foxconn has invested more than $500 million in India to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that 12 to 14 percent of global ‌iPhone‌ shipments are made in India, with that proportion to increase to 20 to 25 percent by 2024. Introductory production on the standard iPhone 17 will start in India in the second half of 2025, according to Kuo, marking the first time that Apple begins development of a new ‌iPhone‌ outside of China.

In addition to allowing Apple to move manufacturing away from China, increasing production in India provides Apple with an opportunity to strengthen its relationship with the Indian government. India is a key market for Apple due to growing demand for Apple products in the country.

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Top Rated Comments

wdfly Avatar
8 months ago
How about making them in America….
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
toobravetosave Avatar
8 months ago

India is the world’s most populous democracy.
China is not.
I hope this helps.
Oh is labeling yourself a democracy or not what matters most?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dog Bone Malone Avatar
8 months ago
In short - as part of the company's efforts to maximise profitability. There. Corrected!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenny7 Avatar
8 months ago

commenters gonna be thrilled Apple is bending the knee to a different slave labor state than china
India is following the same path as China, Korea etc in trying to lift its people out of poverty. This is quote about iphone assembly plant from a substack I follow.


This is the universal tale of industrialization, and it’s a beautiful and terrible one at the same time. It’s a story of ruthless labor exploitation, urban ennui, and harsh working conditions. But it’s also the story of workers escaping what Marx called “the idiocy of rural life”, finding their own way in the world, making money and winning their independence. And it’s the story of a country that is primed to become much richer in the near future.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Harry Haller Avatar
8 months ago

commenters gonna be thrilled Apple is bending the knee to a different slave labor state than china
India is the world’s most populous democracy.
China is not.
I hope this helps.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenny7 Avatar
8 months ago

:rolleyes:

I've got one word for you: Dalit ('https://www.ohchr.org/en/stories/2021/04/dalit-born-life-discrimination-and-stigma')
America had literal slaves at one point, and Britain was colonising half the world just 80 years. Things change. Industrialisation is the key
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)