Business Recorder reports that Apple might shift 10% of iPhone 12 production from China to India for the local market. And the company’s long-term partner, Foxconn will assemble new flagship smartphone series’ units at its Tamil Nadu facility, along with Pegatron. Currently, the Cupertino tech giant produces iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE (2020).
Apple began to shift production units to other countries like India, Vietnam, and Malaysia, after the US and China trade war during the former U.S President Donald Trump and allegations of human rights violations, especially Uighur Muslims. In 2020, Apple officially announced the manufacturing of the iPhone SE (2020) and opened online and physical stores in India. As per a recent study, in Q4 of 2020, Apple’s market share in India increased from 2% to 4%. Improved sales of older iPhone models was accredited as the reason for doubling the company’s market share in the country.
In a gradual shift, Apple plans to move iPhone 12 production to India
It is reported that:
Apple Inc. will manufacture Made-In-India iPhone 12 soon, its latest model launched in India on October 30 last year, a few weeks after the global release. iPhone 12, according to sources in the know, will be manufactured at the Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) facility in Tamil Nadu — both for the domestic as well as well as the export market. The unit also manufactures iPhone 11, which is the bestseller in India, as well as iPhone XR.
With Foxconn, it is stated that Pategron will manufacture iPhone 12 units in India later in 2021. But, Wistron will not a part of the supply chain in the country because of recent riots at its new factory in Narasapura due to unpaid salary and labor exploitation allegations.