In the first quarter of this year, Apple provided almost one million ‘Made in India’ iPhones. According to a study published by CyberMedia Research, Apple Cupertino’s headquarters increased its share of India-made iPhones by 50% year-over-year in Q1 2022. This comes just days after Apple announced that production iPhone 13 launches in India. “In Q1 2022, the share of ‘Made in India’ Apple iPhones among the total iPhone portfolio has grown 50% year over year,” said Prabhu Ram, chief technology officer of CyberMedia.
Apple has expanded its production capacity in India through its partners including Foxconn and Wistron. The company resumed production of its iPhones in India back in 2017, with the first generation iPhone SE being the first iPhone to be released locally at the Bengaluru Wistron facility. Currently, the company launches iPhone 11, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 in India. CyberMedia executives also said that Apple’s iPhone 13 production in India will lead to further development in the country.
Local manufacturing in India has helped the iPhone maker reduce tax burden and allow production partners to use contributors for the production of new iPhone models in the country. Apple not only launched the iPhone in India for sale within the country, but also exported a portion of the product to global markets.
Last year, a report from Counterpoint Research said that locally manufactured iPhones in India grew 196 per cent YoY by 2021. Further, shipments of 23 iPhone only accounted for 23 per cent in India last year, a significant reduction from 64 percent imports in 2019. CyberMedia also shows what iPhone models perform best in the country in Q1 2022. The iPhone 12 is the most active smartphone with 52 per cent, followed by the iPhone 13 which received 20 per cent hundred. The iPhone 11 took 18 percent of the market, ahead of the iPhone SE (2020) which took 4 percent, and the iPhone 13 Pro 2 percent. The report said that in total, all iPhone models in the country marked 22 percent growth year-on-year in the first quarter.