Apple starts assembling iPhone 15 in India and plans to move production from China

Apple has started production of the iPhone 15 at the Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur, India, writes Bloomberg.

The plant will begin shipping the new phones a few weeks after the new iPhone models begin shipping from China. Reducing the time between shipments of India- and China-made iPhone models is a key goal for Apple this year.

It’s no secret that Apple wants to gradually move production of iPhones and other devices out of China. If the U.S. starts imposing import taxes on devices made in China, or if a war breaks out between the U.S. and China, Apple has developed plans to move production to countries like India and Vietnam.

Until now, the company has been assembling small numbers of iPhones in India, and production here has lagged behind that in China by several months. Last year, however, the situation began to change, with India accounting for 7% of the tech giant’s iPhone production.

In addition to shortening the time between shipments of new iPhone models from the two countries, Apple is looking to produce more phones in India. To that end, the company will assemble the iPhone 15 in India at a plant previously owned by Wistron, which is now owned by the Tata Group.

As part of the “Made in India” initiative, the total production of mobile phones in the country in 2014-2022 crossed the 2 billion mark. It is also estimated to have a compound annual growth rate of 23%.