The news comes as another COVID-19 lockdown has been ordered by authorities in China, hampering production of the iPhone 14 at Foxconn's plant in Zhengzhou.
Cupertino, California-based Apple is seeking alternative production hubs amid a trade war between Washington and Beijing and tight enforcement of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero policy in China. At the same time, New Delhi is positioning India as a competitor to China’s manufacturing prowess. Local Apple reseller Redington has surged in value since Foxconn’s coronavirus issues emerged over the past week.
Plans for expanded production in India were already in place before the current China lockdown as Apple looks to reduce its overall reliance on the country for manufacturing. Despite the progress, a vast majority of iPhones are still assembled in China, including Apple's iPhone 14 Pro models. Additionally, most iPhone components are still made in China, meaning they have to be shipped to where devices are assembled.
It's believed that in the long term, Apple is planning to supply all non-China markets from assembly sites outside the country.
More details in the full report linked below...