Apple is ramping up the production of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other products outside of China “in a sign that the tech giant is continuing to accelerate its production diversification despite hopes that U.S.-China tensions will ease under President Joe Biden,” according to Nikkei Asia (a subscription is required to read the entire article).
Some production may be moved to Vietnam. Apple is also reportedly increasing the number of iPhones manufactured in India, where it’s produced some iPhone 11 units since last year. It will reportedly begin producing iPhone 12 series devices in the country as early as this quarter.
Speaking of Vietnam, on Jan. 18, it was announced that the country has awarded a license to a unit of Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Company, Apple’s main manufacturing partner, to build a US$270 million plant to produce laptops and tablets such as Mac laptops and iPads.
Reuters reports that the plant will be located in the northern province of Bac Giang and will annually produce eight million units. Foxconn has so far invested $1.5 billion in Vietnam and plans to raise its investment by $700 million and recruit 10,000 more local workers this year, the government said.