1 in 7 iPhones Is Made in India Now

1 in 7 iPhones Is Made in India Now

Today, we’re looking into a story that’s much bigger than our team’s collection of vintage Apple hardware: the tech giant’s latest manufacturing change. The latest data indicates that each 7th iPhone is now being made in India, a significant increase from previous years. This rise in production volume is part of Apple’s plans to reduce the risk associated with the over-concentration of manufacturing in one geographic area, particularly in light of recent global trade tensions and the need for supply chain resilience.

Apple’s Manufacturing Expansion in India

It’s official: a noticeable slice of iPhone manufacturing has transitioned to India, with around 14% of all iPhones now being assembled there. This move to India didn’t just happen in a vacuum. Apple had to respond to a number of recent challenges – from the trade tensions with China to the global push for diversifying supply chains in the wake of pandemic-induced disruptions. Plus, India’s own push to become a manufacturing hub can’t be ignored.

It’s a play by Apple to make its supply chain more resilient and tap into India’s vast potential as a market and a manufacturing powerhouse. For a company that’s as meticulous about its operations as Apple, this is a significant step.

India’s Gain, China’s Loss?

While it’s not an outright departure from China, diversifying to India could be seen as a hedge against the unpredictability of international trade relations and local policies. This development is a major win for India’s “Make in India” initiative, which aims to transform the country into a global manufacturing powerhouse. Apple’s move, with its stringent quality requirements and vast supply chain, can be seen as a vote of confidence in India’s capabilities and policy environment.

The entry of a giant like Apple can have far-reaching effects on India’s economy, potentially spurring growth in ancillary industries, creating jobs, and boosting exports. The collaboration with Tata Group amplifies this impact, combining Apple’s technologies with Tata’s deep roots in India’s industrial sector.

Other companies might follow Apple’s lead if this move turns out well. It could mean big things for India’s role in global tech manufacturing and might encourage more companies to spread out their production to avoid risks.

European manufacturing companies are increasingly considering India as a key destination for their production facilities, moving away from China. A CEO survey highlighted that 58.4% of European manufacturers across diverse sectors see India as the most promising country for business development in the medium term, primarily due to the potential for growth in the local market​.

Worth noting that European manufacturing companies are looking not only at cost advantages. The same survey shows interest in tapping into markets with high growth potential, such as India.

Parting Word

As we continue to monitor these developments, the broader impact on Apple, international trade, and economic globalization will undoubtedly provide much food for thought and analysis. The journey of Apple’s manufacturing in India is just beginning, and its ripple effects will be keenly observed by industry watchers and market analysts worldwide. Will more tech production shift to India? Will other companies make similar moves? Time will tell.

Jeff Cochin has more than ten years of experience in data recovery, management and warehousing. On Macgasm he mostly writes about Apple news and software reviews. Jeff's journey with Macbooks began in 2008, showcasing his enduring commitment to the Apple… Full Bio