India is quietly grabbing from China more manufacturing of Apple’s iPhones and other electronics gear.
It is happening in South Indian industrial areas on muddy plots that were once farmland.
In Sriperumbudur, people call Apple “the customer,” not daring to say the name of a company that prizes its secrets.
But some things are too big to hide. Two gigantic dormitory complexes are springing up from the earth. Once finished, each will be a tight block of 13 buildings with 24 rooms per floor around an L-shaped hallway. Every one of those pink-painted rooms will have beds for six workers, all women. The two blocks will house 18,720 workers apiece.