Apple’s Make in India boom: 85 percent iPhones sold in India this year will be locally produced

The percentage of imported iPhones in India dropped by approximately 15 percent this year, mainly the Pro models.

Highlights
  • This year, Apple will make 11 – 12 million iPhones in India through three contract manufacturers: Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron. 
  • Apple’s India plants will contribute around 7 percent of global shipments and over 85 percent of local demands this year. 
  • China’s contribution of iPhones to global shipments this year could drop by around 93.5 percent.

Apple will introduce its iPhone 14 series today at the Far Out event. According to a recent report, Apple will manufacture these new iPhones in India six weeks after the China-made ones are out. While this year’s iPhone manufacturing in India is a bit behind China, the iPhone 15 series may be manufactured simultaneously in India and China. According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the Made in India iPhones sales are said to set the sales charts on fire this year.

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As per the report (via), Apple will make 11 – 12 million iPhones in India this year (up from last year’s 7.5 million iPhones) via three contract manufacturers: Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron. Further, the report suggests that Apple’s India plants will contribute around 7 percent of global shipments and over 85 percent of local demands this year.

As per CMR, the contribution of Made in India iPhones jumped from 50 percent in 2019 to 73 percent in 2021, and the percentage of imported iPhones dropped from 50 percent in 2019 to 45 percent in 2020, 27 percent in 2021, and approx 15 percent this year, which shows a ‘Make in India’ boom for Apple.

Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, said, “Driven by a conducive policy environment and deepening manufacturing ecosystem in India, Apple’s Made-in-India iPhones will potentially account for close to 85 percent of its total iPhone production this year.”

Further, he added, with the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple’s India iPhone production could jump to 12 million iPhones from 7 million iPhones in 2021, resulting in a 71 percent YoY (Year-on-Year) growth.

According to Counterpoint Research, this year, Apple’s India plant will contribute around 3 percent more to global shipments than in 2021 and less than 1.5 percent in 2020. On the other hand, China’s contribution to international shipments this year could drop by around 93.5 percent, 95.8 percent in 2021, and 98.2 percent in 2020.

Apple has sold over 1.2 million iPhones in India in Q2 2022, resulting in a whopping 94 percent YoY growth. The Cupertino Giant has been working with its suppliers to ramp up the iPhone’s production in India over the years.