Apple Inc. plans to begin manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India roughly two months after the product’s initial release outside of China, narrowing but not closing the gap between the two countries, as some projected.
According to United Daily News, Apple has ordered Foxconn to begin hiring employees to assemble iPhone 14 models earlier than normal, amid concerns that China’s lockdowns would result in shortages or delays later this year.
Despite the fact that the season is generally off-peak for iPhone manufacturing, Foxconn, Apple’s major assembly partner, has apparently begun a massive recruiting drive for its facility in Zhengzhou this week. To entice additional personnel, the corporation is believed to have upped incentives by 30% in order to match Apple’s standards.
Apple’s directive to enhance recruiting at this time of year is reportedly motivated by sustained strong demand for the iPhone 13 range and growing anxiety about the impact of Chinese lockdowns on the company’s ability to satisfy the demand for the iPhone 14 in the second half of the year. So far, lockout measures have had no effect on Zhengzhou, pushing Foxconn to raise manufacturing capacity at the factory.
Apple highlighted supply issues caused by Chinese lockdowns briefly during its results conference last week. According to DigiTimes, depending on how long the lockdowns last, elements of Apple’s supply chain might be significantly damaged, perhaps causing Apple to delay the release of new iPhone models later this year.
Following the relaxation of shutdown restrictions in Shanghai, Apple supplier Quanta is reportedly progressively restarting production of MacBook Pro models at its Chinese facilities. Because of the safeguards, new MacBook Pro orders took much longer to arrive.