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New Delhi: iPhone maker Apple is mulling over increasing production in India over the next five years, according to government sources.
The move suggests the company aims to make its presence in India stronger increasing production by over five-fold to around $40 billion (about 3.32 lakh crore).
The official, who did not wish to be named, said the company has crossed the $7-billion production mark in the last financial year. An email query sent to Apple did not elicit any reply.
Apple manufactures iPhones in India and plans to start manufacturing Airpods next year. The officer said Apple has no immediate plans to make iPads or its laptops in India.
"They don't have any plans to participate in IT hardware PLI. They may come at a later stage but as of now their focus is to scale up existing production levels," the officer said.
The company globally sold iPhones worth $191 billion and products worth $38.36 billion in the wearable, home and accessories segment in the financial year ended on September 25, 2022.
In the first nine months of the current calendar year, the company recorded about a 4% dip in iPhone sales at $156.77 billion and a slight decline in the wearable, home and accessories segment at $30.52 billion.
The company has become the largest exporter of mobile phones from India.
According to industry sources, sales of Apple's iPhone 15 series registered a 100% growth compared to that of the iPhone 14 series on the launch day on Friday.
Apple has launched four models in the iPhone 15 series. Two variants - iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus - are also being made in India.
The company has for the first time made available the 'made-in-India' iPhones on the same day it started selling the devices in other parts of the globe.
According to market research firm Counterpoint Research, Apple led the ultra-premium segment, with phones priced above Rs 45,000 apiece, with 59 per cent market share in the first quarter of 2023 and India is among the top-five markets for the company now.
PTI with superficial edits