Apple Is Working To Move Some AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad Production Out Of China
With coronavirus continuing to have an impact on factories and their ability to build parts, Apple is working to move the production of some of its devices away from China. Taiwan appears to be the main beneficiary.
This comes after DigiTimes reported that Apple is working to diversify its production strategy in order to lessen the impact of coronavirus-related factory issues.
According to that report Apple intends to increase the production of devices in Taiwan while “still trying to maintain its cooperation with suppliers on the other side of the strait”.
It also notes that it’s unlikely that China’s production lines will be able to return to full functionality until the very end of March, potentially ruling the first quarter out completely.
With coronavirus continuing to cause travel and production issues in China, Apple needs to ensure that it can meet demands for AirPods, iPad, and Apple Watch. Recent rumors have new iPad Pro products set to be announced within the next few weeks, although it isn’t clear whether that might be impacted by the ongoing outbreak.
Apple had been trying to move some production out of China even before coronavirus, mainly thanks to trade tensions instigated by the United States. This latest setback will surely see that move pushed forwards with increasing haste.