Apple is reportedly planning to manufacture iPads in India. Two Indian government officials familiar with the matter told CNBC. However, no concrete plans have been laid out yet. Last month, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced its largest manufacturing unit in Hosur, around 40 km away from Bengaluru.
Apple has been making iPhones in India since 2017. The company has been looking to diversify and even shift some of its production outside China due to a number of reasons including COVID-19, US-China trade tensions etc.
Apple aims to make iPads in India
The majority of Apple products are manufactured in China with a heavy reliance on Foxconn, Apple’s primary manufacturing partner. Over the years, the company has been reducing its dependency on China and shifting manufacturing bases out of the country. India and Vietnam have emerged as the key focus areas of making Apple devices.
Apple has been making iPhones in India a few months after their launch. The latest generation iPhone 14’s local production has already started in the country. The company has also been manufacturing AirPods in Vietnam and in June this year, the iPad production was also moved to the country from China due to supply-chain shortages.
The report by CNBC says that Apple is in discussion with Indian government officials about whether the plant near Chennai, Tamil Nadu will be able to take up the production of tablets. However, there are expected to be some issues shifting iPad manufacturing to India. There is said to be a lack of individuals with expertise in producing a complex device like the iPad in the country. Additionally, the growing territorial conflict between India and China could also slow down Apple’s efforts to make iPads in India.