Apple has reportedly asked supplier and builder Foxconn to move some of its MacBook production out of China, with Vietnam being the country set to benefit from the move.
The ask comes with China and the United States continuing to duke it out over trade, although things may settle down once the US switches President in January.
Apple isn’t waiting though, according to Reuters, and has already put the suggestion to Foxconn.
Foxconn is building assembly lines for Apple’s iPad tablet and MacBook laptop at its plant in Vietnam’s northeastern Bac Giang province, to come online in the first half of 2021, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was private.
The lines will also take some production from China, the person said, without elaborating how much production would shift.
“The move was requested by Apple,” the person said. “It wants to diversify production following the trade war.”
This isn’t just about the trade war, though. The recent COVID-19 situation has proven that Apple’s reliance on any single country can almost cripple its production capabilities – something that meant it had to delay the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup launches because of.
It will surely want to make sure a repeat performance isn’t something it has to deal with and moving MacBook production is part of that. Apple already has AirPods and AirPods Pro production taking place in Vietnam.
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