Apple first started manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017, with iPhone SE. Apple has extended iPhone 13 production to India in a bid to diversify away from China. Now, Apple confirmed it has started manufacturing its top-selling iPhone 13 smartphone in India.
The iPhone 13 will now be produced locally in the world’s second-biggest smartphone market alongside the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12. iPhone 13 is being assembled at the Tamil Nadu factory of Apple supplier Foxconn. Ongoing supply chain woes exposed by the pandemic have prompted companies to reconsider their heavy reliance on Chinese manufacturing, with firms increasingly eyeing countries such as India and Vietnam.
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The manufacture of iPhones mostly takes place in east and southeast Asia, where the labor force is cheap and abundant. China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are the main countries that bear those characteristics and participate in the manufacturing of the iPhone.
while several Asian countries assemble the iPhone, the phone was mostly assembled in China. It is estimated that over 80% of the iPhone 5S were assembled in Chinese factories, which have some significant advantages over U.S. factories.