Apple Has Eyes on Vietnam to Diversify MacBook Production in 2023

According to a new report, Apple is looking to diversify production of its popular MacBook family of laptops. Apple has long produced MacBooks in China and has been reluctant to move production out of the country, until now. However, Nikkei Asia claims that longtime supplier Foxconn has been contracted to produce MacBooks in Vietnam. Interestingly, all of Apple’s other major product lines already have alternate production sites outside of China, leaving its MacBooks as the final piece in its diversification puzzle. 

Several reasons are motivating Apple to look outside of China for MacBook production. Perhaps one of the more pressing issues is China’s intense crackdown on the spread of COVID-19 within the country. China, until recently, has employed a zero-COVID policy, requiring people with COVID-19 to isolate in state facilities to prevent further spread among the population. The facilities were reportedly understaffed with poor living conditions, and their use separated people from their families (often against their will).

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