Apple to move iPad production out of China for the first time
Apple must move some iPad production from China to Vietnam as COVID lockdowns disrupted supply, according to a new report.
From Asia NMkkei:
For the first time ever, Apple is moving some iPad production out of China and transferring it to Vietnam after strict COVID lockdowns in and around Shanghai caused months of supply chain disruptions, Nikkei Asia has learned.
The report says that one of Apple’s “leading iPad assemblers” has helped Apple build production lines in Vietnam and could soon start making a small number of Apple’s best iPads in the region.
Apple also reportedly asked its suppliers to start stockpiling to protect against future shortages. The report says that Apple has been considering iPad production in Vietnam for a long time, but that decision was delayed by COVID in Vietnam. It is the second major product line made in Vietnam after AirPods.
The report says that Apple is asking suppliers not affected by the lockdowns to gather additional supplies of certain components, including chips for the new iPhone 14:
In particular, Apple is asking suppliers outside of lockdown-affected areas to help build up a few months’ supply of components to ensure continuity of supply for months to come. The requests apply to all of Apple’s product lines: iPhones, iPads, AirPods and MacBooks, the sources said.
Many factories that help supply Apple in China are currently under strict COVID measures to help prevent the spread of the virus in China, with factories operating “closed-loop” systems on campus to prevent workers from wandering off campus. factories or homes.
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