According to Nikkei News, Apple continues to move its iPhone and iPad production outside of China. Vietnam is expected to begin production of the iPad in the middle of this year. The report also mentions that the iPhone 12 will begin production in India this quarter.
Prior to that, Indian media reported that Apple plans to assemble the iPhone 12 line of smartphones in India, and smartphones labeled “Made in India” are already ready for release. The report also mentions that Wistron will begin production of the new iPhone 12 in Bangalore. With a plan to invest about $40 million, Wistron also wants to hire 10,000 employees for the new plant. The plant is expected to be fully operational by October this year, with about 1,000 workers already on the job.
Apple currently manufactures smartphones in India such as the iPhone 6S, iPhone XR and the new iPhone SE 2020. Sources say Apple is expanding local production because the iPhone hopes to reduce its dependence on China. At the same time, the production of iPhones in India is unlikely to lead to lower prices for buyers, although companies pay noticeably lower taxes for local production.