As Apple continues to diversify its product production plans by moving its supply chain out of China, one report indicates that Vietnam is expected to gain an advantage for MacBook models. The tech giant may begin mass production of the portable Mac family in the region from 2023 with help from its largest iPhone assembly partner, Foxconn.
Foxconn has been awarded a license to build a multi-million dollar factory in Vietnam to begin production of the MacBook
A report from Nikkei Asia talks about sources close to Apple’s plans, stating that the MacBook is expected to be produced in Vietnam from May 2023 onwards. With the problems casting a shadow over China, where the largest iPhone production takes place, Apple likely wanted to avoid any repercussions of these setbacks, which would have included delaying the launch of the product.
The report states that to start production of the MacBook in Vietnam, Foxconn has been granted a license in 2021, where it will build a $270 million factory. The production facility will accommodate both MacBook and iPad models, but the report didn’t mention any specific models. The new factory will be developed by Fukang Technology, with its location in North Vietnam’s Bac Giang Province.
Soon after the start of production, the new plant will be able to produce about eight million laptops and tablets per year. While the following is not confirmed, it is likely that Apple did not release the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models in 2022 for this very reason; Shift production to Vietnam. The Cupertino company will reportedly launch the new family sometime in 2023.
A larger product like the MacBook features more internal and external components, which may be why Apple is taking so long to move its supply chain to another area. These complex issues could also be related to why the Vietnamese factory can only produce eight million MacBooks and iPads in 12 months.
Apart from the MacBook line, Apple may also start mass production of HomePod units in the country. For iPhones, the majority of production will remain in China, but it won’t be long before Apple moves to Vietnam and India in a few years.
News source: Nikki