Apple: India could produce 50% of iPhones by 2027

Apple is trying to diversify the geography of its production, which until now has been largely concentrated in China. India seems to be a destination of choice, since the Californian firm would consider transferring half of its iPhone production there by 2027, according to information from DigiTimes Research corroborated by the South China Morning Post at the beginning of the week. On that date, India would therefore have the same production capacity as China, which at the end of 2022 assembled 80% of iPhones.

For the moment, India only produces 5% of apple smartphones. The country was given the iPhone 14 reins sometime after China, and may well be assembling iPhone 15s alongside the latter. Apple and its suppliers (Foxconn and Pegatron) therefore seem confident about Indian production capacity. Remember that this country was already in charge of iPhoneSE since 2017.

This turn to India would also allow Apple and its partners to reduce their dependence on China and its zero Covid policy. The last two years have not been easy for the Cupertino company, which has experienced several shutdowns of its assembly lines. Relocating to a less strict country in this area would naturally allow Apple to avoid paralysis of its production lines and the shortages that the tech world has suffered since the start of the pandemic.

However, all of this comes at a cost. Indian factories are still far from being as efficient as their Chinese counterparts. The necessary parts could therefore be more expensive to manufacture, with some of them risking having to be – ironically – imported from China. An additional cost to take into account and which bothers Apple a little. There is no doubt that Tim Cook and his firm will find their way there by 2027. After all, India has already attracted other smartphone producers such as Xiaomi or Oppo, leading Chinese manufacturers.

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