iPhone 14 to be Made in India For the First Time at Launch: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo


iPhone 14 launch event could be held next month. The company has not yet announced the iPhone 14 launch date yet. Apple is expected to host an Apple event for the upcoming iPhone launch on September 13. While we wait for the official launch details, a new report has revealed some production-related details. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will make the iPhone 14 in India. Apple has multiple tie-ups with manufacturers like Wistron and Foxconn in India.

The analyst claims that Foxconn’s production site in India will manufacture the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time. Apple has been making iPhone models in India for some time now. However, the new iPhone models have hit the manufacturing deck a quarter or more later than China or other markets.

One of the reasons for Apple to make the new iPhone in India simultaneously with China could be shifting bases for production. Due to multiple geo-political issues worldwide and the COVID-19 lockdown, Apple has faced supply chain constraints with manufacturers in China. While the scale of production is quite significant in China, Apple might slowly be setting up alternate production sites to tackle supply chain issues.

Kuo further stated that the gap between India and China for the iPhone’s production and shipment capabilities will be considerable. However, it is an important milestone for Apple in building in non-Chinese iPhone production site amid various geo-political issues.

Apple has refrained from making the Pro models in India. It would be interesting to see if Apple will partner with manufacturers for producing the Pro models in India in the coming quarters.

iPhone 14 Specifications

The iPhone 14 will sport a 6.1-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It will have a wide notch at the top for the Face ID sensors and the front camera. The iPhone 14 (and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max) will have a standard 60Hz refresh rate display.

The non-Pro models this year are said to pack the same A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13 series. The same is the case with the cameras. The 2022 non-Pro iPhones will get a 12MP dual-camera setup. There will be bigger batteries. The regular iPhone will pack a 3279 mAh battery, whereas the Max variant will pack a 4325 mAh battery.

According to a recent report, the iPhone 14 price will be the same as the iPhone 13 series. This means that the base model will start at $799 (roughly Rs 63,300).