According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 will be manufactured in both China and India at the same time.
Usually, Apple begins production of the latest iPhone in China, and it takes a few months before production in facilities outside of the country begins. However, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Cupertino-based tech giant will begin production of the iPhone 14 in India at the same time it will in China.
If Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction comes true, it will be the first time that Apple begins production of a new iPhone in a country other than China at the same time it does in China. Of course, there will be a significant gap in production numbers between India and China in the short term. However, according to Kuo, this new step will be a defining moment for Apple, which has been attempting to increase its product production outside of China.
My latest survey indicates Foxconn’s iPhone production site in India will ship the new 6.1″ iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in 2H22 (India being one quarter or more behind in the past).
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) August 5, 2022
This year, Apple faced supply shortages as Covid-19 lockdowns in China slowed production. This demonstrated how Apple was extremely reliant on production from a single country to meet global demand for its products. “It implies that Apple is trying to reduce the geopolitical impacts on supply and sees the Indian market as the next key growth driver,” Kuo said in a tweet.
9to5Mac previously reported that Apple had warned suppliers of “Chinese retaliation” for Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Pelosi visited a number of manufacturers during her trip, including Apple suppliers TSMC and Pegatron. Trade tensions between China and the United States have since risen. According to Reuters, Apple informed suppliers that China has begun enforcing a long-standing rule requiring Taiwanese-made parts and components to be labelled as “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei.”