Milestone in Apple's expansion in the country, a number of iPhone 15 devices sold on launch day will be made in India.
Previously, even though India was increasing production — Apple has already moved 7% of iPhone production there — it did not produce the latest models. For years, India produced older iPhone models and initially sold them locally to avoid import duties.
It was recently reported that India began production of the iPhone 15, and did so just a few weeks after China. Now, according to Bloomberg, Apple is expected to sell Indian-made iPhone 15 models at launch.
Unspecified sources say that this is the goal, namely that Indian-made iPhone 15 models will be sold in both India and some other regions on the day of their global sales debut. It is not known what these regions are and what the mix of iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models made in India will be.
In addition, the sources also said there could still be minor delays due to what were described as unforeseen logistics bottlenecks.
However, if any iPhone 15 models made in India are sold at launch, it will also be a major milestone for Apple. The company is moving away from over-reliance on China as a sole source, especially after production delays due to COVID, which significantly impacted iPhone 14 Pro production.