Media reports said that the new variants of Apple, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus which are likely to launch in September or October of 2023 is to be manufactured by the Tata Group.
A report suggests that Apple is looking to relocate its manufacturing outside of China due to geopolitical reasons and the pandemic. As India is well known for such transfers, Apple is looking to diversify the supply source to India and make Tata Group its fourth iPhone assembler.
Reportedly Tata will initially receive only small orders for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. The report also said that Apple’s decision to including Tata into the assembly line comes after Tata’s acquisition of Wistron’s Indian production line. However Apple is expected to maintain relationship with Wistron for distribution purposes.
If there is any accuracy in the report, Tata will receive new design from Apple since iPhones are expected to move away from their proprietary Lightning charging port to Type-C ports which is already a common charging and data transfer port for Android phones and new Apple iPads.
Also Apple recently opened its first India based physical stores in Delhi and Mumbai. CEO Tim Cook was present for both inaugurations and also met PM Modi to discuss Apple’s future plans in India.
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are also expected to have a distinct Dynamic Island notch, instead of the previous static housing of the notch to the Face ID sensor and front camera. The new iPhone series will probably consist of four models such as iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. These are expected to be powered with Apple’s bionic A16 chipset and run on new iOS software.