Your next Apple device might not come from China. A Reuters source claims Apple’s primary contract manufacturer, Foxconn, is moving some iPad and MacBook production to Vietnam to diversify production and reduce the potential damage from the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Assembly lines in Vietnam’s Bac Giang province would be ready in the first half of 2021, and would join manufacturing for products like Sony TVs.
Foxconn said it didn’t comment on work for customers due to policy and “commercial sensitivity,” but Apple reportedly made the request for a production shift. We’ve asked Apple for comment.