MacBooks To Be Built In Vietnam Starting May 2023, Report Claims
Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will begin to assemble MacBooks in Vietnam for the first time next year, with one report claiming that it will happen as soon as May.
The report by Nikkei Asia cites unnamed sources briefed on the matter, with May 2023 thought to be the main target date for assembly to begin.
Apple is in the middle of a concerted effort to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing amid continued COVID-19 issues and worker unrest.
The report notes that Apple’s MacBook lineup is the last to move beyond Chinese borders, ensuring the entire portfolio of Apple products will be more resilient to manufacturing issues specific to one country.
“After the MacBook production shifts, all of Apple’s flagship products basically will have one more production location beyond China … iPhones in India and MacBooks, the Apple Watch and iPads in Vietnam,” one person with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei Asia. “What Apple wants now is an ‘out of China’ option for at least part of production for all of its products.”
It’s unlikely that buyers of MacBooks will notice a difference between machines built in China and Vietnam, of course, although it could help ensure that stocks are more readily available in the future.