Apple has started up its iPhone 14 production lines in India. The Cupertino phone maker confirmed the move in a statement on Sunday. The company expects to sell locally-made iPhones in India later this year.
In its statement to TechCrunch, Apple said it is “excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” just a few weeks after its launch. In the past, India has served as the production hub for older-generation iPhone models since 2017. The production of newer models has usually only kicked-off several months after they have been globally launched.
Both Apple and its leading assembly partner Foxconn have increased their investment in India over the last several years by investing in training staff and new facilities. Analysts say Apple has plans to produce 25% of all iPhones in India by 2025, with the production of other products, including the iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods eventually following.