Apple will move 25% of iPhone production to India by 2025, 20% to iPad and Apple Watch to Vietnam, examiners say

Apple started gathering some of its gadgets in India and Vietnam a few years ago, gradually cutting its dependence on China. The Cupertino-giant is presently outfitting to make the two countries key global manufacturing hubs, as per examiners at JP Morgan.

In a report they shipped off clients Wednesday, JP Morgan experts said Apple will move 5% of global iPhone 14 production to India by late 2022, and extend its manufacturing capacity in the country to produce 25% of all iPhones by 2025.

Vietnam, then again, will contribute 20% of all iPad and Apple Watch productions, 5% of MacBook and 65% of AirPods by 2025, the report said, which was looked into by TechCrunch.

India has attracted investments from Foxconn and Wistron in recent years by offering lucrative subsidies as New Delhi moves to make the country a manufacturing hub. The presence of the foreign production giants, combined with “ample labor resources and competitive labor costs,” make India a helpful location, the experts said.

Apple-rival Samsung recognizes India as a key global manufacturing hub and has set up perhaps of its biggest factories in the country. Chinese cell phone producer Xiaomi, which as of now leads the market, as well as its adversaries Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus likewise locally gather some of their handsets in the country.

Google additionally plans to move some of Pixel cell phones’ production to India, The Data announced recently. The organization, which skipped shipping flagship models in India for two ages, said Wednesday it will launch the upcoming Pixel 7 models in India.

Indeed, even as Apple commands a tiny market share in India, the iPhone-producer has widened its investment in the country in the beyond five years. It opened its online Apple Store in the country two years ago and has publicly shared that starting its first physical store in the nation is working.

Foxconn right now has more than 20,000 operators in its iPhone assembly business in India, contrasted with 350,000 of those in China, the experts estimated.

“India’s iPhone supply chain has historically supplied only legacy models. Interestingly, Apple has requested that EMS vendors manufacture iPhone 14/14 Plus models in India in 4Q22, within two to three months of the start of production in Mainland China. The much shorter interval implies the increasing importance of India production and likely higher iPhone allocations to India manufacturing in the future,” the report added.

“We believe Apple only produces iPhone 14/14 Plus models in India now due to the more complex camera module alignment of the iPhone Pro series (done by EMS vendors) and higher local market demand for the iPhone 14 series (tax savings). We expect the volume to start small in 4Q22 (~1M units per month, or 5% of total iPhone volume).”

In the “near term,” China and Taiwan will keep on stilling gain market share because of better cost structures, the experts said.

“Taiwanese EMS vendors, especially Pegatron and Wistron, are more selective and prioritizing profitability while focusing on new areas such as EVs and servers. Hon Hai remains a primary EMS partner for iPhones and should benefit from the move to India,” the report said.

“Mainland China-based production share should swing toward local vendors, while Taiwanese EMS hold an edge in India. In Vietnam, we expect share to be split between Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese EMS.”