Apple currently has a large iPhone manufacturing base in China – thanks to Foxconn, the Taiwanese based manufacturing company. With ongoing US Trade War with China, the Cupertino tech giant seems to have a contingency plan if the things go unfavorable as a result of the trade war. Bloomberg reports that Foxconn is confident that all iPhones for the US can be made outside China if the circumstances come due to the trade war between both the countries.
The report cites a senior executive from Foxconn suggesting the company has enough capacity to make all the US iPhones to be made out of China. It further indicates all the primary iPhones and iPads are made in China currently. Foxconn assures that it can fully support Apple if the ongoing trade war goes unpredictable. The company’s board nominees and chief of semiconductor division, Young Liu has further stated that 25% of the production capacity is outside China presently and future investments are also being made in India right now, henceforth, assuring that the company can meet Apple’s needs when required.
Though Apple hadn’t requested Foxconn to move the business out of China, Liu suggests the company is indeed capable of doing so for achieving customer needs, according to the report. Further, it is still unclear whether India can become the sole manufacturing facility of iPhones, as of now. The country has already started manufacturing iPhone XR series and is also in plans to begin mass productions of high-end iPhones near Chennai, and at present, older low-end iPhones are being produced in Bengaluru facility.
On the whole, if the ongoing US-Chinese trade war goes gloomy, we can expect Foxconn to support Apple build iPhones outside China, preferably in India since the company is already in plans to manufacture more considerable amount of iPhones in the country. Apart from iPhones, Foxconn also manufactures Xiaomi products in India. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.