Apple considers shift of iPad manufacturing to India

Yordan, 06 December 2022

India is having talks with Apple to start manufacturing iPads, according to two sources quoted by CNBC. Cupertino is in discussions with government officials on whether the plant near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, can take up the production of tablets, but no concrete plans have been laid out yet.

Apple considers shift of iPad manufacturing to India

Since the pandemic began in early 2020, Apple has been considering diversification of its plants to cut off its dependence on Chinese manufacturing. We already saw the India plant take up AirPods and Beats production, as well as the vanilla iPhone 14, which was a first - up until now, the factory only assembled older models.

Sources revealed that a lack of highly skilled talent and individuals with expertise in building highly complex mobile devices are the main reason why Apple is hesitant to move iPad production to India.

Currently, only 10% of all iPhones are made by the Foxconn factory in Chennai, with only 5% of all iPhone 14 devices coming from this plant. The switch will be slow, but Apple will keep expanding its network of plants with production in Vietnam, Malaysia, and even the United States.



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Dec 2022
  • 4Y4

Whole Silly Valley should move to India!

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Dec 2022
  • YQD

This won't be happening soon, as indian workforce is more interested in service sector like IT, software etc than manufacturing sector.

  • David
  • 07 Dec 2022
  • 3HZ

Thanks for the reply. The quality is really poor now because they keep using so many contract manufacturers rather than one specialist to cut costs and increase supply. So many reports of defects every time a new iPad launches. Seems Apple don't...

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