Apple will start producing the iPhone 14 in India roughly two months after the initial wave of smartphones is released out of China as manufacturing partners attempt to recreate the intricate iPhone supply chain operation in another nation for the first time.
According to people familiar with the situation, Apple has been collaborating with suppliers to increase manufacture in India and reduce the customary six to nine-month production lag for new iPhone launches.
The report’s sources claim that Apple and Foxconn, which makes the bulk of Apple’s iPhones, “ultimately determined a simultaneous launch in India and China isn’t practical this year, although it remains a long-term ambition.”
In light of China’s disputes with the United States government and its rigorous lockdowns, which have interrupted supply chain operations, Apple is rumored to be looking for alternatives to China. In order to achieve this, Foxconn is said to have been researching the procedure for receiving components from China and putting the iPhone 14 handsets together at its facility outside of Chennai, a city in southern India.
One of the major difficulties the manufacturer is believed to have had is figuring out how to uphold Apple’s strict standards for confidentiality, in addition to the enormous burden of managing coordination across hundreds of suppliers.
The notion of “completely boxing off one of several manufacturing lines of Foxconn, secluding workers and carefully examining every potential weakness in the security surrounding the gadget” was apparently considered by local executives in India.
The company’s strict product secrecy safeguards may be jeopardized by Indian customs officers who frequently open packages to verify that imported goods match their claims.
The first iPhone 14 models from India are likely to be finished in late October or November, following the original September release, as Apple and Foxconn have decided against a simultaneous launch in China and India this year due to the high likelihood of leaks and other operational issues.
Retail staff members are reportedly getting ready for a new product release on Friday, September 16, which means the new iPhone and Apple Watch models could be released on that date. Apple is planning to reveal the iPhone 14 on Wednesday, September 7. Four distinct iPhone 14 versions, including a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, a 6.1-inchiPhone 14 pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, will be made available by Apple.