Apple plans to start manufacturing iPhone 14 in India as the US tech giant seeks alternatives to China after Xi administration’s clashes with Washington and lockdowns across the country disrupted production. This comes as a big step since India’s iPhone capacities and shipments still have a considerable gap with China, and comes as a big milestorne toward’s Apple’s plans to build a non-Chinese iphone production site.

Currently, Apple iPhone’s are made in India by three Apple suppliers – Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron. The three Apple suppliers are part of the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, and need to make products worth Rs 8,000 crore each year to avail the incentives, giving Apple more reason to shift production to India.

According to the report, the first batch of India-made iPhone 14 models will likely be finished in late October or November, following the September release of the product. Even if Apple and Foxconn intended a simultaneous launch, supply-chain challenges would have stymied the goal. China, the source of many iPhone components, has gone through successive waves of lockdowns, complicating the process of shipping components through the country.

India’s workforce and factories haven’t easily adopted the highly controlled practices that Apple requires from suppliers. Since Apple began assembling iPhones in India through contract manufacturers Foxconn and Wistron Corp. five years ago, workers have revolted over salaries and the quality of food in two prominent incidents.

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