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According to a report from the Financial Times, Apple is facing multiple obstacles in its efforts to scale up iPhone production in India. Among the issues are quality concerns, with 50% of casings reportedly failing to meet the company’s standards. The report also states that only one in every two components from the production line is deemed to be of high enough quality for assembly.
An unnamed Apple engineer cited a lack of urgency as a contributing factor to the slow production rate in India. The company has been seeking to shift more of its iPhone production outside of China, with India and Vietnam being the chosen locations for manufacturing and assembly. Over the next two years, India is expected to triple its iPhone production.
Currently, Apple’s top three manufacturing partners in India are Wistron, Foxconn, and Pegatron. The company has been expanding its manufacturing efforts in India gradually over the past few years, with the country currently assembling low quantities of the iPhone 14, as well as some older iPhone models, including the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE.
In a previous report, Apple stated that it aims to produce 25% of all iPhones in India by 2025, with trade tensions between the US and China being a driving force behind the move. Despite the challenges faced in India, the company remains committed to scaling up its production efforts in the country.