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Apple starts production of the iPhone 14 in India and China

Apple’s main partner Foxconn has iPhone production lines in a few other places in the world outside of China, such as Brazil and India. However, China’s activities remain the most important when it comes to global iPhone shipments. However, this time Apple seems to start production of the iPhone 14 simultaneously in India and China.

The report comes from reliable analysts Ming Chi Kuo, who revealed that at least one of the new iPhone 14 models will be produced in India at the same time as in China. If true, this will be the first time that production of a new generation of iPhone will start in another country at the same time as China.

As Kuo noted, in normal situations, it usually takes a few months for a new iPhone to start production outside of China. For example, Foxconn began assembling the iPhone 13 in India in April this year, while production in Brazil began a few weeks later.

Of course, iPhone production in other countries does not aim to meet global demand, but to serve local markets. According to Kuo, iPhone 14 production capacity in India will not be enough in the short term to fill the gap caused by manufacturing problems in China, but it’s still an “important milestone for Apple” as it looks to expand iPhone production to others puts.

The analyst emphasizes that Apple’s decision to accelerate production of the iPhone 14 in India is due to geopolitical implications for the company’s supply chain.

Apple is looking for alternatives to China

As reported earlier today, Apple has warned its suppliers of a possible “revenge” by the Chinese government on the United States after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan. Pelosi has had meetings with some of Apple’s suppliers, such as chipmaker TSMC and Taiwanese assembler Pegatron. Since then, there have been reports that China is blocking shipments from these companies.

At the same time, production of the iPhone 14 lineup faced delays due to component shortages and some minor quality issues. By ramping up iPhone production in India and possibly Brazil as well, Apple could slowly reduce its reliance on China — although that will be quite difficult to achieve.

But despite all these setbacks, analysts still believe that Apple will announce the new iPhones next month. The company is also rumored to be debuting the next-gen Apple Watch with a Pro model and a redesigned entry-level iPad with USB-C port and 5G.

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