Apple's iPhone 15 manufacturing begins in India

Apple is manufacturing the iPhone 15 in India & China. The company is also complying with EU law, to reduce e-waste with the new charging cable

Apple’s much anticipated iPhone 15 has started production in India, with a new charging cable that aims to help combat e-waste. 


Manufacturing in India

Since 2007, more than 2bn iPhones have been sold (and many of them resold) worldwide. iPhone manufacturing takes place in Asia, after Apple partnered with Taiwan-based Foxconn in 2000 and built a factory in Shenzhen, China. 

In order to balance its supply chain against any possible geopolitical turbulence, Apple (and many other manufacturers) are moving their manufacturing production across Asia, to safeguard the future supply chain of popular products. 

China races towards becoming the biggest economy in the world, while Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, hopes to create millions of new jobs in the sector, as a part of the ‘Make in India’ programme, leaving neighbours China and India in a global manufacturing race

Apple has sent California-based product designers and engineers over to factories across India, to train local manufacturers, in a move that has billions on the line. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said he is putting “a significant amount of energy” into Indian manufacturing and the company is set to open its first retail store in India this year. India’s Apple exports could reach US$1tn by 2028.

Now, Apple is manufacturing the iPhone 15, ready for release in September, at the Foxconn Technology Group plant in Sriperumbudur, India, as well as at its factories in China. 

Apple and EU work together to reduce e-waste

One new feature for the iPhone 15, is the new charging cable, following a change in EU legislation. 

The law requires all small and medium-sized electronics sold in the EU to have a USB-C charging port, by 2024, in a bid to reduce e-waste. 

“Devices that do not meet the requirements for the common charger will not be allowed on the EU market,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market.



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