iPhone 13 Production Expected to Begin in April at Foxconn’s Chennai Plant, Following Probation

Following months of probation, Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur plant (near Chennai) in India is expected to begin production of the iPhone 13 in April. The plan was to have the plant begin tackling the manufacturing of the iPhone 13 in January. Though plans changed after Apple investigated its working conditions.

According to sources of Business Standard, Foxconn is prepping its Chennai plant to begin assembling the iPhone 13 for domestic and export markets starting in April.

Seven months after it was launched in India, Apple is expected to start manufacturing the iPhone 13 at the Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai from April, according to sources. The phones will be for both the domestic and export market.

The production of the iPhone 13 in the Chennai plant was meant to start from January but had to be postponed after Apple suspended production following protests in December by women wor­kers about food poisoning.

Back in December, Apple investigated the Chennai plant following complaints from its workers. The company discovered that many of the dormitories and dining rooms did not meet its standards.

Foxconn was forced to shut down the plant when a protest began after 150 total staff were hospitalized for food poisoning. Apple then places the Chennai plant on probation, barring it from starting production on the iPhone 13.

At the time, Apple stated that the plant would be on probation until living and working conditions met the company’s standards. The news of this hitting that the Foxconn plant is getting ready to kickstart production in April indicates that Apple must have dictated that conditions have improved.

It’s not currently known which iPhone models will be manufactured at the plant. News of this comes after Foxconn was also forced to close its Shenzhen plant in China as the city went on lockdown due to COVID-19. Though, it’s said that Apple will see very “limited impact” from this.