Apple has been increasingly distancing itself from China and trying to move its production facilities away from the country and into India. Although Apple develops the production manuals and SOPs for most of its devices in China, for the iPhone 15, Apple will be developing the SOPs and production manuals in India and China. The Cupertino-based tech giant wants the iPhone 15 series to be created as much in India as it will be developed in China.

To that effect, Foxconn has begun the initial testing phase of the iPhone 15’s manufacturing process. The formal title for this stage is New Production Introduction or NPI. Apple has already started the New Product Introduction process for the iPhone 15 series in China. The main goal of the NPI process is that once the design is finalized, Apple can figure out how the production process will go in the first quarter of this year. Once it is done with China, Apple expects to carry out the same exercise in India.

This means that Apple will be testing the production capabilities of the iPhone 15 in India and China almost simultaneously. Usually, Apple’s Indian factories start producing an iPhone device, for example, at least 6-9 months after Chinese factories start making it. For the iPhone 15, this gap is expected to come down significantly.

India has been a critical component of Apple’s expansion strategy as it seeks to expand outside China. According to the source, Apple wants to reduce the time difference between Chinese and Indian production plans. Currently, the iPhone is manufactured between six and nine months before India. This year, the gap is expected to shrink as Apple collaborates with regional stakeholders to procure supplies.

If everything goes as Apple plans, Apple intends to relocate at least 5 percent of the production of iPhone components to India.

There is a perfect chance that Apple’s Indian facilities will start manufacturing the iPhone 15 series much closer to launch than it did with the iPhone 14 series.

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