New rumours suggested that production for the upcoming iPhone 14 would simultaneously begin in China and India, making the likelihood of an early release of the device much higher. This information came after Apple’s suppliers revealed that the company is in talks to begin producing its Apple Watch and MacBook products for the first time ever in Vietnam.
A recent Bloomberg story (via 9to5Mac) claims that Apple is abandoning its plans for the iPhone 14 in India. The article claims that Apple is second-guessing itself because of supply chain problems and worries about secrecy.
India initially exclusively assembled the iPhone SE, but has since expanded to manufacture other Apple products as well, including the iPhone 13. Foxconn is the country’s primary supplier for the iPhone 13, while Wistron is in charge of the iPhone SE and iPhone 12, respectively. Then, earlier this month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that production of the iPhone 14 will start simultaneously in China and India.
Although this isn’t practical, the Bloomberg article claims, Apple is now attempting to close the time gap between the creation of its initial devices in China and those produced later in India.
“Apple Inc. aims to start manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India around two months after the product’s initial release out of China, minimizing the gap between the two countries but not totally closing it as some had hoped,” the article states. According to people with knowledge of the situation, the company has been collaborating with suppliers to increase manufacture in India and reduce the customary six to nine-month production delay for new iPhone launches.
A problem associated with the secrecy of the future line is that “Apple has also been anxious about Indian customs officials, who typically break up packages to examine whether imported goods match their declarations.”
October is predicted to be the month when Indian factories begin producing the iPhone 14 series.