Some in China aren’t fans of Made-in-India iPhones. The iPhone 15 marks a significant milestone as the first generation with units manufactured both in India and China.
This development has led to celebrations in India due to the rapid growth of Apple’s manufacturing of iPhones in the country. However, on Chinese social media platforms, there has been a backlash driven by misinformation.
Some individuals manipulated headlines to falsely suggest that iPhones made in India were contaminated with animal matter.
This misinformation has fueled nationalistic sentiments, with some claiming that European customers are rejecting India-made iPhones due to quality issues and receiving Chinese units as replacements.
This fake news outbreak reflects China’s pride in being the primary producer of iPhones worldwide and hints at a degree of insecurity about how long this dominance will continue.
However, it’s important to note that Indians have also expressed skepticism and concerns about Chinese tech products and have imposed bans on numerous Chinese apps.
It’s ironic that allegations of subpar production are emerging from China, considering its efforts to overcome the “made in China” stereotype of inferior quality.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed interest in expanding business in India while acknowledging the symbiotic relationship with China.
Despite these developments, India is unlikely to replace China in Apple’s supply chain in the near future, as the transition would take many years. In the end, the country of origin may not be the primary factor when identifying defects in iPhones.
Overall, the situation highlights the complexities of global tech manufacturing and the importance of accurate information in shaping public perceptions.