Tata to likely make iPhone 15 in India as Apple looks at manufacturing options outside China

Going by recent reports, Tata will also be looking at new design instructions from Apple as well.

Guess what? Apple's next-gen iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus could be made in India by Tata Group. According to research firm TrendForce, Tata has got "only small orders" for the two new iPhone models, which are expected to launch in September or October this year. As per the report, Tata would be able to take the order due to the acquisition of Wistron's Indian production line. The recent shift certainly shows Apple's production relocation plans beyond China. Apple already manufactures iPhone SE, iPhone 12, and iPhone 14 in India.

Not just that, Tata would also be taking forward the new design instructions from Apple. The upcoming iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will reportedly include Type-C ports. Until the iPhone 14 series, Apple used the Lightning charging port, which often struggled in terms of high charging and data transfer speeds.

Other design aspects

Apart from the charging ports, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus might have a distinct Dynamic Island notch, which was first introduced on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. It could adjust the size based on notifications and calls, and it breaks the monotony of the front display too.

Reportedly, with Taiwan-based Wistron's exit from the iPhone assembly business in India, Tata is all set to make its entry. For now, Apple products are made by Foxconn and Pegatron in India, and the company does not manufacture iPhone Pro models in India.

Also, the move towards India comes after Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro series production took a hit in the central city of Zhengzhou, home to the world's largest iPhone factory. The research firm mentioned, "Due to geopolitical and pandemic, Apple has been accelerating the diversification of its supply sources, with India being the most well-known case for such transfer."

Apple CEO Tim Cook was also in India recently, and he met with PM Narendra Modi to discuss Apple's plans in India.