Apple reportedly moved its gadget production line from China to Vietnam

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Apple is leaving China but not entirely, as it is only transferring part of its manufacturing for iPad components. The technology company will move said production to Vietnam.

Nikkei Asia said it was the first time in history that Apple decided to pull part of its iPad parts production out of China. For decades, the iPad maker has produced its entire product line in the territory.

The company was said to have cited supply chain disruptions as well as unstable manufacturing schedules as reasons for the decision to abandon the Chinese factory for Vietnam. The lockdowns in the country may also have contributed to the company’s resolve to start producing parts of its iPad in another country.

As mentioned on Fox Business, business operations in China have been regularly suspended due to the government’s mandate related to COVID-19. The restrictions have forced factory workers to stay in their dormitories for an extended period and factories are closed, so companies have been forced to stop production and Apple may have experienced this before.

In fact, the manufacturing operations of other big tech companies such as Foxconn, Tencent and Huawei have also been affected by the country’s aggressive move to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This strategy has been dubbed the zero COVID program in China.

According to CNBC, Apple will start moving some of its iPad production to Vietnam once the lockdowns are lifted. The company hopes that with its move, parts shortages for its gadgets will be resolved or at least minimized.

The publication said that this step taken by the company just shows that it is trying its best to meet consumer demand while managing supply better. The move to Vietnam will also allow Apple to expand its parts manufacturing business outside of China.

In any case, Apple already manufactures some of its AirPods in Vietnam, and with the addition of the iPad components, the company is slowly expanding production in the country. It has been said that this change will also help boost Apple’s profits from the sales it will make from iPads.

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