For the first time ever, new iPhone models manufactured in India will be available on day one. Bloomberg reports about Apple’s continuing steps to break away from its manufacturing reliance on China.
Although Apple has been manufacturing iPhones in India for quite a while, the Indian production schedules have always lagged at least a few months behind the primary iPhone assembly plants in China.
Just a few years ago, the delay for seeing Indian-assembled iPhones entering the supply chain could be as much as six months. However, last year’s iPhone 14 models saw only a six-to-eight week delay.
This year, iPhone 15 production began ramping up in early August, meaning Indian-assembled iPhone 15 will be available from the first day of sale.
Indian factories are responsible for assembling iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus handsets. Meanwhile, Apple will still depend on China for its iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models.
Apple suppliers in India now produce about 7% of the total number of iPhones manufactured worldwide.
Apple will debut its iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lineups at its “Wonderlust” event, which will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time today. Apple will livestream the event on its website and on YouTube. The livestream will also be available through the Apple TV app.