In a major shift in global manufacturing, Apple and its suppliers aim to produce over 50 million iPhones annually in India within the next two to three years.
This ambitious plan positions India to account for a quarter of all iPhone production globally, marking a significant shift from China's dominance.
Despite facing challenges like infrastructure and labor rules, Apple's increasing reliance on India highlights its strategic move to diversify production.
Taiwan-based Foxconn, a key Apple supplier, is spearheading this expansion with new mega factories in Karnataka and plans for more.
For the first time, India will host the manufacturing stage for lower-end iPhones, a role previously exclusive to China.
With expanded production at existing plants and new facilities, Apple's annual iPhone capacity in India could soar to 60 million units in a few years.
Foxconn's investment of over $1.5 billion in India, including for Apple production, signifies a major commitment to the country's manufacturing capabilities.
This move is part of a broader strategy by companies to reduce overreliance on China, with India emerging as a key alternative manufacturing hub.
As Apple gears up to make a quarter of its iPhones in India, this marks a transformative moment for the tech giant and India's role in the global tech industry.