Apple reportedly in talks to make AirPods and Beats in India

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Todd Haselton | CNBC

Apple has requested suppliers to start making a few of its AirPods and Beats headphones in India as early as subsequent 12 months, in accordance to a Nikkei Asia report Wednesday.

The talks mark the corporate’s newest try to decrease the chance of provide chain disruptions in China due to Covid lockdowns and elevated U.S.-China commerce tensions. Apple was reportedly in discussions in August to shift a few of its Apple Watches, MacBooks and HomePods to Vietnam, and it introduced in September it’s assembling a few of its flagship iPhone 14 telephones in India.

Apple nonetheless depends closely on China for almost all of iPhone manufacturing.

Foxconn, one in every of Apple’s manufacturing companions, will make the Beats headphones in India and try to produce AirPods there in the long run, in accordance to the report. Luxshare Precision Industry, which makes Apple’s AirPods in Vietnam and China, can even assist with AirPods manufacturing efforts in India.

Apple has been trying to improve gross sales in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market. And although the corporate’s shift to manufacturing in India was initially aimed toward rising gross sales, it’s now treating the nation extra like a strategic manufacturing base, in accordance to the report.

India will work to appeal to additional funding by spending greater than $30 billion on its electronics provide chain, Nikkei Asia stated.

An Apple consultant didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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