According to reliable sources, the production of the new iPhone 14 will take place simultaneously in more than one Asian country.
Foxconn is a key Apple partner, being the manufacturer of the main products of the Apple brand. This component manufacturing giant has iPhone production lines in several countries; however, operations in China have always been the most important in international shipping.
But this time, it seems that Apple has changed the game, and the production of its new flagship will debut simultaneously in India and China.
For the first time, a new generation is produced in several countries at once
According to one of Apple’s most trusted analysts, Ming Chi Kuothe production of at least one of the new iPhone 14 models will take place in India, almost at the same time as in China.
If Kuo’s report is correct, It would be the first time that a new generation of iPhone would be manufactured simultaneously in another country. with China, since in the past production outside the Asian country normally started several months apart.
My latest survey indicates that Foxconn’s iPhone production center in India will ship the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in the second half of 2022. (In the past, India had a quarter behind or more).
In fact, for confirm what Kuo pointed outIf we go back a bit in the past, Foxconn started assembling the iPhone 13 in India in April 2022, while the production line in Brazil started a few weeks later.
What is the reason for this decision by Apple?
Apple is not looking to meet global demand with the manufacture of its new iPhone in India. In fact, it is the opposite; it aims only to cover local market demand.
In the short term, India’s iPhone capacities/shipments remain far behind China’s, but this is a major step for Apple in building a non-Chinese iPhone production hub.
According to the analyst, due to the huge difference in production capacity between the two countries, the production of iPhone 14 in India, this will not be enough to fill the void caused by the problems of the production lines in Chinabut even so, this decision is interesting compared to the expansion of iPhone production to other places outside the traditional Asian country.
Apple is looking for an alternative to China
From possible blockage of shipments stranded by China and delays caused by component shortages, to components that did not meet quality standards; all this sum of factors produced notable delays in the manufacture of the iPhone 14 in China.
And at the same time, it has led to an increase in iPhone 14 production in India, in the look for an alternative to China due to geopolitical impacts that have affected Apple’s production chain.
And despite the fact that setbacks keep appearing, Kuo recently indicated that Apple will announce the new iPhone 14 for September, since the Californian company has overcome each of the problems that have been presented.