According to information from the press agency Reuters, Apple has started producing its iPhone 13 in India. The country is known to host some of the apple brand’s subcontractors. Forty kilometers west of Chennai, in particular, is the city of Sriperumbudur where is installed one of the STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) of the peninsula.
Several renowned companies have their premises on site, including Hyundai, Saint-Gobain, Nokia and foxconn. The Taiwanese has an imposing factory there where chargers and mobiles are assembled. However, we do not know precisely which models will be designed there, since Apple currently offers four of them for the latest generation top of the range: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
For Apple, having iPhone 13s manufactured in India is above all a means of asserting its independence vis-à-vis China. It is indeed from the heart of the Middle Empire that most of its products come out, while this one is regularly singled out for security issues or mass surveillance. Cupertino, on the contrary, likes to keep the practices of its workforce a secret.
In India, the commercial framework is apparently more flexible, but the risks are not however absent. We remember, for example, the scandal that occurred at the end of 2021, when premises belonging precisely to Hon Hai had to cease their activity for the time of an investigation by the local government. Employees worked there in deplorable conditions.
Other items in the loop
According to the British media, the iPad could also be produced locally. Again the list of tablets concerned remains unknown, but it could be a real advantage given the millions of potential customers living in India. Slowing delivery times allowing, in theory, to limit the shortage effect that other Apple products have already experienced.
Some iPhones have already been assembled in India, such as iPhone 12 and iPhone XR, iPhone 11 or the second iPhoneSE released in 2020.