After iPhone Success, Apple Wants To Revive Its 'Make In India' Plans For iPads And AirPod Cases: Report

Apple is reportedly reconsidering plans to manufacture iPads in India, driven by the government’s initiative to attract more supply chains to the country. The tech giant is also said to be eyeing Pune for producing AirPod cases.

What Happened: Apple will likely resume its search for a manufacturing partner in India after its previous attempt to collaborate with China’s BYD for iPad production in the country was stopped short by government restrictions, Moneycontrol said citing sources.

In addition to ramping up its iPhone manufacturing capabilities, Apple is also making efforts to increase the production of components for AirPod wireless charging cases through Jabil in India. The company reportedly plans to start production of true wireless stereo (TWS) AirPods, in India from early next year.

Apple has initiated trial production of components for wireless charging cases in Pune with Jabil and is considering a similar arrangement with Taiwan’s Foxconn. Following quality testing and approval, Jabil plans to scale up commercial production of these parts for AirPods’ wireless charging cases.

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The Indian government is also said to be urging Apple to consider producing laptops and desktops in India in the future. The company has reportedly shared ambitious plans for the Indian market for the next two to three years, including establishing an alternate supply chain in the country.

Last year, Apple redirected its iPad product development efforts to Vietnam in collaboration with BYD, following challenges in securing approvals for establishing iPad manufacturing operations in India.

Apple is ramping up local production of its flagship iPhone models in India with Foxconn and Tata Electronics. The goal is to manufacture a significant portion, targeting a quarter of all iPhones in India within the next three to four years.

This development is expected to boost the local manufacturing ecosystem, create jobs and contribute to the Indian economy. It is likely to also position India as a key player in Apple’s global supply chain strategy.

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