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Apple is investing $1 billion in India in efforts to move production outside of China

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What you need to know

  • Apple is planning to invest $1 billion in India to ramp up production
  • Foxconn and other suppliers are partnering with Apple on the investment
  • The move comes as Apple plans to export "Made In India" products globally

Apple is working with Foxconn and suppliers to invest another $1 billion in India, according to the Times of India. An unnamed official spoke with the Times about how the investment will be used by Apple and its partners, saying that "testing is under way" for the products being made at the factories:

"Apple will be investing $1 billion in India through its partners. They have said the production will be used for meeting the demand of its products across global markets."

The move comes as Apple is planning on exporting its "Made In India" iPhones and other products globally. The company had already begun limited local production of certain models at a different partner factory in Bangalore, but Foxconn seems to be taking on the new expansion:

Foxconn, Taiwan's contract manufacturing behemoth and the biggest production partner for Apple globally, will be investment partner for the iPhone maker's latest push. Its factory in Chennai will be used to manufacture products for Apple's global markets. Also, a host of component suppliers to the company will be making investments in the region for the local push.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple has been planning on moving up to 30% of its device production out of China over the next few years as the company seeks to protect its supply chain and diversify its production process. As the trade war with the country continues, this new report shows that those plans continue to gain momentum.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.