Indian Union Minister for IT and Communication Ravi Shankar spoke at the 23rd edition of the Bengaluru Tech Summit on Thursday, where he revealed that Apple moved 81% of its iPhone manufacturing units out of China and into India during COVID19. As The Nation reports:
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 23rd edition of the Bengaluru Tech Summit held virtually, he said that even during the pandemic period, “nine of their operating units along with component makers were shifted from China to India.”
The Union minister, while addressing the summit held virtually, told Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa that the iPhone maker has chosen Bengaluru for manufacturing iPhones. “I am pleased to inform Yediyurappa that Apple has chosen your city Bengaluru to manufacture their quality phones for India and abroad,” Prasad added.
Already, a number of major Apple suppliers have applied for an Indian government initiative to produce more devices locally in the country. Apple has been under pressure to lessen its reliance on China due to either economic or political reasons.
Apple through its supply chain partners already produces the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE in India, which for Indian customers means fewer import tariffs, more jobs, and higher income for the government via exports. A report earlier this year alleged that Apple would produce some models of the iPhone 12 lineup in India, however, there’s no indication that has taken place just yet.