Apple may start producing a good part of the new iPad models outside of China, as early as the middle of 2021. The measure aims to reduce the dependence of North American technology on Chinese labor, migrating to nations like Vietnam.
It will be the first time that a significant amount of products, in this case tablets, from Apple will be produced outside this Asian power, as the publication advances Nikkei. Something that since the beginning of 2020 has been debated as a strong possibility.
Apple wants to diversify its production lines
Apple will have redoubled its efforts to distribute the production of its products in several countries. In this sense, in addition to the shift of part of the production of iPad tablets to Vietnam, it will also reinforce the production of the iPhone 11 in India.
In fact, production of the new iPhone 12 will also start in India during this quarter, which ends in March. It is, therefore, a muscular and deployed effort in several countries with the same purpose of reducing dependence on China.
Nikkei’s report confirms previous predictions that pointed this same course for Apple. Wanting to diversify locations and production lines, taking care of any unforeseen events that could endanger its factories.
While an atmosphere of hope breathes in easing tensions between China and the United States of America under the Biden administration, Apple does not want to take any chances. In this way, China will have less weight in its production.
The iPhone 12 and iPad will also be produced in India
According to the same source, the Biden administration should not change the heavy tariffs imposed on China by the former executive. At the same time, there are other factors at play such as the rising labor costs in China, leading Apple and other companies to look for new destinations for their production lines.
Furthermore, alongside the iPad and iPhone (for India), the production of more audio solutions should also be delivered to Vietnam. Note that the new AirPods Pro headphones are produced in this Asian nation – by Chinese companies.
The production of the HomePod mini is also expected to migrate to this country and even some of the production of the portable computers in the Apple MacBook line. The measure could be scaled to cover other Apple products if the company considers it necessary.
On the other hand, the production of the new Mac mini computers has already been completely moved to Malaysia, according to Nikkei’s report.
These are changes that reflect Apple’s desire to withdraw between 15 to 30% of all production in China. Now, in 2021, this same wish will be fulfilled for the benefit of other nations in Southeast Asia.
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