Foxconn starts production of upcoming Apple iPhone 15 in Tamil Nadu ahead of September launch: Report

Foxconn starts production of upcoming Apple iPhone 15 in Tamil Nadu ahead of September launch: Report

Foxconn Technology Group plant in Sriperumbudur is preparing to deliver the newest devices only weeks after they start shipping from factories in China, a report said.

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SUMMARY
  • A Foxconn Technology Group plant in Sriperumbudur is preparing to deliver the newest devices.
  • Other Apple suppliers in India — Pegatron Corp. and a Wistron Corp. factory that is being acquired by the Tata Group — will also soon assemble the iPhone 15, the report said.
  • The new iPhone, likely to be announced on September 12, 2023, is slated to be the biggest update to the device in three years.

In a bid to push the volume of new iPhones coming from India, Apple Inc.’s next-generation iPhone 15 is all set to be produced in Tamil Nadu, a report claimed on Wednesday.

A Foxconn Technology Group plant in Sriperumbudur is preparing to deliver the newest devices only weeks after they start shipping from factories in China, Bloomberg News said. This is being done to narrow the gap between the operations in India and the manufacturing base in China.

The new iPhone, likely to be announced on September 12, 2023, is slated to be the biggest update to the device in three years.

The scale of production of iPhones in India will largely depend on the ready availability of the components that are largely imported. The production lines have been ramped up at the facility in Chennai.

Before the iPhone 14, Apple had only a sliver of its iPhone assembly in India, which lagged China output by six to nine months. That delay was minimised last year, and Apple produced 7 per cent of its iPhones in India at the end of March.

The company’s goal at present is to move closer to parity on shipment timing from India and China, though suppliers are not yet certain they will achieve it, sources quoted by Bloomberg News said.

Other Apple suppliers in India — Pegatron Corp. and a Wistron Corp. factory that is being acquired by the Tata Group — will also soon assemble the iPhone 15, the report said.

On Tuesday it was reported that Apple will commence the production of its AirPods wireless earbuds at Foxconn’s facility in Hyderabad. The Hyderabad plant, with an approved investment of $400 million by Foxconn, is projected to initiate large-scale manufacturing by December 2024, PTI reported.

Foxconn Hyderabad factory will make AirPods and the factory is expected to begin mass production by December.

The company already assembles non-Pro iPhones in India with partners, including Foxconn, Wistron in Bengaluru, and Pegatron in Tamil Nadu. AirPods will be the second product category after iPhone that will be made in India. Apple’s AirPods leads TWS (true wireless stereo) market globally.