Apple COO Jeff Williams Visits Taiwan to Celebrate 50 Years of Foxconn

Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams is making a rare visit to Taiwan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Foxconn, one of the company's key suppliers, Bloomberg reports.

Apple's COO is joined by senior vice president of operations Sabih Khan, as well as representatives from SoftBank and Arm. Foxconn assembles Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. The supplier is currently helping Apple shift some iPhone assembly to India as the company looks to diversify its global supply chain.

Williams last visited Taiwan in 2017 for TSMC's 30th anniversary celebrations. Apple CEO Tim Cook has not visited Taiwan since 2008. Williams spearheaded development of the Apple Watch and Apple's various health initiatives. He now oversees many vital areas of the company, including hardware and software design.

Williams is reportedly the frontrunner to succeed Cook as Apple's CEO. He is apparently "seen as the heir apparent" within the company, having run Apple's global operations under Cook's leadership, a role that Cook previously undertook for Steve Jobs prior to becoming CEO himself.

Top Rated Comments

vipergts2207 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Apple needs another idea guy to run the company, not another supply chain guy with no personality.
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picpicmac Avatar
8 weeks ago

No desire to go down the political rabbit hole.
You already started down that hole.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Harry Haller Avatar
8 weeks ago

Maybe he should check QC why all Macbooks come with microscratches in the screen since the M1.
Must have been exhausting testing all those MacBooks.
Are your eyes tired?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fromgophonetoiphone Avatar
8 weeks ago
It's crazy that Tim Cook has not visited since 2008. Is that purely for political reasons? I get a lot of manufacturing operations are in China, but these CMs are almost all Taiwanese companies. Not to mention there are still engineering, pilot lines, and some low(er) volume manufacturing in Taiwan still.
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ProfessionalFan Avatar
8 weeks ago

Whatever happened to that Foxconn plant that was supposed to start up in the States?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheLinkster Avatar
8 weeks ago

India is not a good alternative.
Care to elaborate?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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