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Apple could start manufacturing AirPods, Beats headphones in India soon: Report

Foxconn, which also manufactures iPhones for the company in India, is gearing to make Beats headphones in India.

Highlights

  • Apple has asked its contract manufacturer to start making AirPods, Beats headphones in India.
  • Foxconn is planning to start making Beats headphones in India starting 2023.
  • Luxshare Precision Industry, which makes AirPods, could be slow to ramp up its production in India.
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Apple is planning to start manufacturing its AirPods in India soon. The company has reportedly asked its suppliers to move some of the production of its AirPods and Beats branded headphones and earphones to India. Also Read - Apple speeds up its plans to shift manufacturing to India: Here's why

As per a report by Nikkei Asia, the iPhone-maker has been talking to a number of its suppliers in a bid to increase its production capabilities in India, including that of its audio devices. As a part of this move, Apple could start manufacturing AirPods and Beats devices in India as soon as next year. Also Read - Apple supplier Foxconn plans to quadruple workforce at India iPhone factory

Responding to the development, Foxconn, which also manufactures iPhones for the company in India, is gearing to make Beats headphones in India. The contract manufacturer eventually plans to start manufacturing the Apple AirPods in the country. Also Read - Apple warns of limited iPhone 14 Pro availability amid Covid-19 restrictions at production facility

Similarly, Luxshare Precision Industry and its affiliates, the contract manufacturer that already produces AirPods for the company in Vietnam and China, is also planning to help Apple make the its wireless earphones in India. However, the company, at the time is focusing more on its Vietnamese AirPods operations and so it could be relatively slower in starting its AirPods and Beat headphones manufacturing capabilities in India. The company, as per the report, plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Tamil Nadu.

Notably, the move is a part of Apple’s plans of diversifying its production capabilities in a bid to reduce its dependence on China amid rising tensions with the US and a stricter zero-Covid policy that has disrupted its production capabilities in the past.

It is worth noting that the new report comes shortly after Apple started manufacturing its newest iPhone models, that is, the iPhone 14 series in India. Earlier, reports suggested that Apple would start manufacturing the iPhone 14 series in India two months after the production starts in China. Reports had also suggested that the company will start manufacturing iPhone 15 in India at the same time as it manufactures it in China. However, soon after reports said that iPhone 14 production had started in India.

Apple has been slowly ramping up its production capabilities in India. The company first started manufacturing iPhones in India back in 2015. Over the years, the company has expanded its production capabilities and started manufacturing even the newer iPhone models in India. Reports suggest that India is expected to be responsible for a full quarter of iPhone production by 2025.

  • Published Date: October 6, 2022 9:57 AM IST
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