Foxconn has long been Apple’s manufacturing partner for new iPhones but things will be different this time around. While Foxconn will continue to be the company producing the new iPhones, it’ll be producing them in India right out of the gate for the first time.
While Apple has built iPhones in India before, it would normally begin the manufacturing of a new lineup in China.
This time, it’s reported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the company will split the manufacturing across two different countries.
Kuo believes that at least one of the four new iPhones will be manufactured in India, although he doesn’t appear to know which it will be. Apple tends to have its mid and low-end iPhones built in India, so it seems likely that it will be the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Max models that come out of India, at least initially.
The reason for the change in the manufacturing plans over the norm isn’t yet clear, but it seems likely that it could be down to trying to reduce Apple’s reliance on China due to recent issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and manufacturing plant closures during lockdowns.
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
Apple is expected to release four new iPhones this September, with 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models set to be joined by 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
Only the Pro models are expected to benefit from new chips, while the standard versions are thought to make sure of the same A15 Bionic chips that power the existing iPhone 13 lineup.
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