In an effort to geographically diversify smartphone production, Apple has begun assembling the iPhone 14 model in Brazil. A reader of the Brazilian blog MacMagazine recently purchased an iPhone 14 with 128 GB, marked BR/A and with the inscription “Assembled in Brazil” on the box.
It is assumed that only the base model of the iPhone 14 is manufactured in Brazil, as no other blog readers have reported that they bought an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Plus with ID BR/A. Apple smartphones supplied to the Brazilian market from China are designated as BZ/A or BE/A.
Apple already has a history of assembling the iPhone in Brazil. The iPhone 13 was manufactured there last year. The iPhone SE model is also manufactured in Brazil, due to local taxation.
Import duties on a certain list of products, which includes almost all Apple devices, are very high in Brazil. An iPhone 14 128GB shipped from abroad costs 7,599 reais (about $1,520), while the same model produced locally costs about 5,000 reais (about $1,000).
Although China still accounts for the majority of Apple’s production, the company has been looking to diversify into other countries in recent years due to growing tensions between Washington and Beijing and restrictions in China due to Covid-19.
Even if iPhone assembly in Brazil is focused only on the needs of the local market, it will help Apple avoid a shortage of smartphones in the country. A post on 9to5Mac claims that Apple plans to start assembling the iPhone 15 simultaneously in China and India this year.