Apple Shifting More iPhone and iPad Production to India and Vietnam

In an effort to diversify its supply chain and manufacture more products outside of China, Apple this year plans to ramp up production of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices in India and Vietnam, according to a report from Nikkei Asia.

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iPad production in Vietnam is set to start as early as the middle of 2021, and the shift will mark the first time that a large number of devices will be built outside of China.

At the same time, Apple is increasing iPhone production in India, and as soon as this quarter, factories in the country will begin manufacturing the new ‌iPhone‌ 12 models.

Production for smart speakers, earphones, and computers is increasing in Southeast Asia. Apple suppliers in Vietnam will expand production capacity for the HomePod mini, which is already being manufactured in the country, and some production of the Mac mini has been relocated to Malaysia. Apple last year also started assembling some of the AirPods Pro in Vietnam.

Late last year, reports suggested Apple was asking Foxconn to move ‌iPad‌ and MacBook assembly from China to Vietnam amid ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, and Foxconn has now been granted a license to construct a $270 million plant in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang.

Apple and other major tech companies have been aiming to reduce their dependence on China due to rising labor costs and trade tensions between the U.S. and China, plus the pandemic led to major supply chain issues that further sparked efforts to diversify.

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HiVolt Avatar
44 months ago
Careful Tim, you're gonna make Pooh Bear unhappy.
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goobot Avatar
44 months ago
Good news
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smorrissey Avatar
44 months ago
Pooh Bear is already unhappy because Mickey Mouse is blocking his honey enterprises....

Indian employees are not that "happy" either...

Personally i don't care, what i really want is software quality and that's made in the USA...
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Guacamole Avatar
44 months ago
all companies should cut ties with china
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phalseHUD Avatar
44 months ago

all companies should cut ties with china

My thoughts exactly. Now that the location is out of China, they just need to eliminate the Chinese company.
Couldn’t agree more. I’ve just watched ‘54 Days: China and the Pandemic’ on BBC iPlayer. Both companies and Countries should cut ties with China across the world, for their lack of transparency regarding this Wuhan Flu. Despicable.
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jav6454 Avatar
44 months ago
Why not here in the Americas? Plenty of capacity engineering and technical wise to put factories in Central & South America... and cheaper as well.
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