Apple AirPods To Be Manufactured In India, Says IT Ministry

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New Delhi: Apple Inc’s wireless earphones AirPods will be manufactured in India, CNBC TV18 quoted the country’s IT ministry as saying on Monday.

Earlier, Apple had announced its plans to start manufacturing iPhone 14 in India, which it had launched on September 7 during its ‘Far Out’ event.

The company is already manufacturing iPhone 13 in India and is also planning to assemble iPad tablets, said reports.

Apple’s global partner Foxconn is manufacturing the iPhone 14 at Chennai’s Sriperumbudur facility and the units will begin to reach local customers in the next few days.

Apple began locally assembling smartphones in India back in 2017, but until this year, the iPhone-maker has used the manufacturing facilities in India to assemble older generation handsets.

The iPhone maker’s decision is part of its diversification from China. Countries like India, Mexico and Vietnam have become important to contract manufacturers supplying to American brands amid Covid-19 lockdowns in China and the tensions between Washington DC and Beijing.

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