Apple has been diversifying its supply chain over the last few years with India being one of the preferred destinations for producing Apple products. Reports from earlier this year suggest that Cupertino is planning to shift up to 25% of its iPhone production to India by 2025 and the latest Ming-Chi Kuo report suggest. Kuo suggests that the baseline iPhone 17 will be developed and produced exclusively in India in the second half of 2024 with a release date expected a year later in 2025.
The notable bit is that this would mark the first time an iPhone kicks off its production development outside of China. Kuo suggests that Apple selected the baseline iPhone 17 instead of the Pro models due to its lower difficulty of development as a means to reduce risk. The iPhone 17 series is expected to launch in the Fall of 2025. Apple began assembling iPhones in India back in 2017 and Tata Electronics recently purchased a 100% stake of Wistron’s assembly units in India in a deal valued at $125 million.