Apple in Discussions with Tata, Murugappa Group to Manufacture iPhone Camera Modules in India

Mahek Baid
Mahek Baid April 17, 2024
Updated 2024/04/17 at 11:17 AM

Apple is reportedly in advanced discussions with Tata Group’s Titan Company and the Murugappa Group to manufacture sub-components for the iPhone’s camera modules in India. The aim is to localize production by making critical components within India, reducing dependence on Chinese suppliers and diversifying supply chains.

The iPhone’s camera module is a crucial component, with non-Pro models featuring dual cameras and Pro models equipped with a triple camera. Apple’s image processing algorithms, science, and tuning set it apart from competitors.

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Both Titan and the Murugappa Group have a reputation for high-precision manufacturing, and discussions also involve manufacturing other sub-components for the iPhone’s camera modules.

The Tata Group is already constructing an $11-billion chip fabrication plant in Dholera, Gujarat, emphasizing India’s potential as a hub for high-tech manufacturing. Localizing production in India could offer significant cost advantages for Apple.

The preferred partner—either Titan or Murugappa Group—is expected to be decided within the next five to six months. Apple is aggressively pushing to expand its manufacturing footprint in India, supported by initiatives like the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

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