Apple Considering Producing iPads in India — Indian Govt.’s $6.7 Billion Plan

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The iPad business has been a doing wonders for Apple because quite frankly there are almost no rivals to what Apple has to offer. We now hear that Apple plans to manufacture iPads in India after the Indian Government has shown interest in providing incentives to companies for manufacturing electronic products in India and boost jobs.

One of the most popular devices from Apple, the iPad, might get more affordable when Apple shifts production to India. Courtesy: Pocket-lint
One of the most popular devices from Apple, the iPad, might get more affordable when Apple shifts production to India. Courtesy: Pocket-lint

iPads Likely to be Manufactured in India

Indian Government under Narendra Modi’s leadership had launched a $6.7 billion plan to boost smartphone manufacturing in India, with an aim to increase the electronics manufacturing in India and increase job opportunities.

The first-gen iPhone SE was the first iPhone to be manufactured in India. Courtesy: Cult of Mac
The first-gen iPhone SE was the first iPhone to be manufactured in India. Courtesy: Cult of Mac

After the global pandemic had crippled businesses across the globe for a great part of 2020, Apple had reportedly bumped up iPhones production in India to reduce dependence on its Chinese manufacturing facilities.

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The Indian Government is now underway to expand and promote its existing plan by including indigenous production of tablets, laptops and servers. Three sources working closely with the plan had earlier told Reuters. According to the new performance-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, the Indian Government plans to offer cash-backs to manufacturers for exports. The budget amounts to $964.5 million (70 billion rupees) over a tenure of 5 years. The scheme goes live by the end of February.

Apple trying to expand its iPad production into India. Courtesy: TechRadar
Apple trying to expand its iPad production into India. Courtesy: TechRadar

Apple along with some other manufacturers is trying to push more inflating the budget to 200 billion rupees as India currently lacks the scale and supply chain for making IT products and competes with duty-free imports of tech products.

Make in India

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Apple currently manufactures a big consignment of its iPads in China. Apple however intends to diversify from being dependant on China-based facilities as US-China trade war sees a new high post-Corona virus crisis.

iPad Pro models are due for a refresh this year. Courtesy: Inc. Magazine
iPad Pro models are due for a refresh this year. Courtesy: Inc. Magazine

Indian Government on the other hand is trying to deflect businesses from Chinese companies and is encouraging Apple to get iPads assembled by existing contract manufacturers already present in India.

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Apple currently has 3 manufacturers based out of India — Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron. Apple had started assembling iPhones in 2017 in India. Foxconn and Wistron have been assembling iPhones in India for Apple and have gradually ramped up production. Pegatron has also set up its base in India last year. Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer, plans to pool in $1 billion to expand its facility in Southern India with an intent to produce iPhones.

Should we expects price cuts on India produced iPads soon?

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Sayak Mukherjee
An auto-enthusiast & tech hobbyist who passes time with cinema.

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