Apple reportedly in talks to make AirPods and Beats in India

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Apple has asked suppliers to start manufacturing some of its AirPods and Beats headphones in India early next year, Nikkei Asia reported on Wednesday.

The talks represent the company’s latest attempt to reduce the risk of supply chain disruption in China due to the Covid shutdown and increased trade tensions between the United States and China. Apple was reported to have been in discussions in August to move some of its Apple Watch, MacBooks and HomePods to Vietnam, and announced in September that it was assembling some of its flagship iPhone 14 phones in India.

Apple still relies heavily on China for the majority of iPhone production.

Foxconn, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners, will manufacture the Beats headphones in India and strive to produce AirPods there in the future, according to the report. Luxshare Precision Industry, which makes Apple’s AirPods in Vietnam and China, will also help with AirPods production efforts in India.

Apple is looking to boost sales in India, the world’s second largest smartphone market. And although the company’s switch to production in India was initially aimed at boosting sales, it is now treating the country as a strategic production base, according to the report.

Nikkei Asia said India will attract more investment by spending more than $30 billion on its electronics supply chain.

An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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