What you need to know
- Apple is expected to debut new AirPods later this year.
- A new report says that the assembly of the new TWS headphones has been moved to China.
- That's because suppliers in Vietnam are being impacted by a surge in COVID-19 cases.
A new report from within Apple's supply chain says that the assembly of the company's next-generation AirPods has been moved from Vietnam to China because of a surge in COVID cases.
A paywalled Digitimes report states:
The news comes just a few days after it was reported that a new wave of the virus was forcing Apple suppliers like the aforementioned Goertek to let employees sleep at factories to avoid spreading the disease. From Tuesday:
A similar report earlier this month stated that employees were sleeping in tents on factory floors to stop the spread of the disease, however, this most recent Digitimes report indicates it might not have been enough to stem the tide, with the outlet now reporting that AirPods 3 will be assembled in China.
Apple's new AirPods could feature a slightly altered design that will make them look more like its AirPods Pro. If you can't wait that long then be sure to check out the best AirPods deals currently available.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9