Apple begins trial production of iPhone 13 in India

Apple has started test production of its flagship iPhone 13 at Foxconn’s plant near Chennai as the U.S. tech giant prepares to manufacture nearly all of its best-selling smartphone models in the country, said two industry leaders. The company plans to start commercial production of the iPhone 13 in India for the domestic market and exports by February, they said.

Apple secured a supply of semiconductor chips – which are scarce around the world – which helped it plan for expansion of production in India.

Production of the iPhone 13 in India will help Apple improve the model’s supply in its global markets, as around 20-30% of what is produced in India is typically exported, executives said.

Apple and Foxconn did not respond to questions via email at press time on Monday.

At the same time, the supply of top-selling iPhones has improved, alleviating a severe shortage in the Indian market, the sources said. In the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 13 is the best-selling model in the country, and the company has no plans to manufacture an iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max here.

In overall sales, the cheapest models such as the iPhone 11 and 12 contribute the most in India.

Apple already produces the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 at the Foxconn factory and the iPhone SE at the Wistron factory in Bengaluru. Apple is estimated to produce nearly 70% of the smartphones it sells in India in the country.

IDC India Research Director Navkendar Singh said Apple made a new model of iPhone locally within 3-4 months of its launch in the country. The company launched the iPhone 13 in the country at the end of September, in the first phase of its global rollout.

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