According to two industry executives, Apple has begun trial production of its flagship iPhone 13 in the Foxconn plant near Chennai, as the US technology giant prepares to make almost all of its top-selling smartphone models in the country. By February, Apple expects to begin commercial production of the iPhone 13 in India for both the domestic and export markets, according to the company.
Apple has been able to secure a supply of semiconductor chips, which are in short supply around the world, which has aided in the planning of its expansion into India. Because around 20-30% of what is produced in India is usually exported, the executives believe that producing the iPhone 13 in India will help Apple improve the supply of the model into its global markets.
As of Monday afternoon, Apple and Foxconn had not responded to email inquiries. Meanwhile, sources claim that the supply of popular iPhones has increased, alleviating an acute shortfall in the Indian market.
The iPhone 13 is the most popular model in the iPhone 13 series in the country, and Apple has no plans to release the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max in the country. In India, lower-cost versions like the iPhone 11 and 12 contribute the most to overall sales.
The Foxconn facility in Taiwan already produces the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, while the Wistron unit in Bengaluru produces the iPhone SE. According to estimates, Apple manufactures about 70 percent of the smartphones it sells in India.
Apple has been locally manufacturing a new iPhone model within 3-4 months of its launch in India, according to market research firm IDC India’s research director Navkendar Singh. In the first part of its global rollout, Apple debuted iPhone 13 in the country in late September.