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Apple to Ship New Watch and MacBook from Vietnam Amid China Dependence

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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In a bid to lessen the company’s dependence on China amid rising international tensions, the American tech giant Apple is reportedly considering producing its Apple Watch and MacBook in Vietnam for the first time. The well-known Apple whistleblower, Ming-Chi Kuo, said that the new Apple Watch will begin mass production in Vietnam and may have already shipped.

Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out that Luxshare Precision, the primary Apple Watch manufacturer, has production facilities in both China and Vietnam. Apple Watch 7 shipments have historically originated from Vietnam, and it is anticipated that this percentage will rise between 60 and 70 percent for Apple Watch 8. With iPads and AirPods among its major items already being supplied from Vietnam, the country is already Apple’s most significant production facility outside of China.

Similarly, according to another source, Vietnam has the best chance of becoming the “factory of the world.” Because the supply chain for the iPhone, iPad, and notebook MacBook is relatively broad and will be extremely productive, Apple is now moving production lines to Vietnam, but the process is relatively slow.

On the other side, Apple’s biggest obstacle has been China’s extensive supply-chain infrastructure. That isn’t available elsewhere. Thus, many parts would need to be transferred abroad to allow assembly elsewhere. But the most recent MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models feature a much more modular design, meaning that significantly fewer parts need to be supplied than in the past. The motherboard now contains a large number of components, making assembly considerably easier than it ever was. 

According to Nikkei Asia, Apple intends to set up production for the MacBook and Apple Watch in Vietnam, with HomePod possibly following. Meanwhile, modifications to the MacBook’s design have made the first-ever assembly of the devices in Vietnam feasible. Only iPads and AirPods have been produced in the nation thus far. The action continues Apple’s ongoing endeavor to lessen its reliance on China as a source of production. Follow TechGenyz for more updates.

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