CNBC reports that Apple is considering manufacturing some of its products in India as it tries to cut down on its dependence on China. There are hurdles to overcome when it comes to moving some iPad manufacturing to India.
As of yet, no concrete plans have been established, but Apple is interested in expanding manufacturing in other countries. India has a lack of highly skilled talent and individuals with expertise in building highly complex devices that could slow down Apple's efforts.
Apple has been moving some manufacturing to India for the past year. The company began production of older models like the iPhone SE in the country. It was the first time that Apple used India for the manufacturing of flagship iPhones, and some of the models are assembled in India.
Apple is said to be aiming to make 25 percent of its phones in India by the year 2025, according to reports. As part of a long term goal, other Apple suppliers have expanded to India to help the company manufacture outside of China.
With rising tensions between the U.S. and China and the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in the country, Apple has come under fire for its reliance on China. There is a shortage of Apple's iPhone 14 Pro models due to restrictions at manufacturing facilities that resulted in worker riots and protests.
In November, Apple said that shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would be lower than anticipated. The majority of the iPhone 14 Pro models are made by Foxconn. There is a chance that Apple will see a hit to holiday revenue as a result, and shipments are not expected to return to normal until late December.
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Apple's plans to shift production to other countries like India and Vietnam have accelerated. Suppliers are being told to plan more actively for assembling in other countries.