What you need to know
- Apple is continuing to ramp up production in both India and China, as it continues to diversify from China.
A new report says that Apple is continuing its manufacturing drive outside of China, ramping up production in both India and Vietnam.
From Nikkei Asia:
For example, Apple is reportedly mobilizing more suppliers for its HomePod mini in Vietnam, which has been made there since its release last year. Some Mac mini production has been relocated to Malaysia, and MacBook production in part is also headed to Vietnam later this year.
One supply chain manager stated:
As the report notes, several factors beyond the pandemic, including rising labor costs and trade tensions with Washington are driving the need for many vendors including Apple to diversify. One Apple supplier, Goertek, which assembles AirPods reportedly asked all of its suppliers how feasible moving production to Vietnam would be back in 2018.
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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.
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