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Apple plans to begin producing MacBook models in Vietnam for the first time next year, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia.

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Citing sources briefed on the matter, the report says that Apple has tapped Foxconn to start making MacBooks in the country as early as around May.

Taiwan's Foxconn was granted a license in January 2021 to construct a $270 million plant in Vietnam for the express purpose of manufacturing MacBooks and iPads.

The new plant, developed by Fukang Technology, will be located in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang. Upon completion, the location is projected to be able to produce eight million laptops and tablets annually.

Apple has been working to add production sites outside of China for all of its major product lines to diversify its supply chain, with Vietnam becoming a major benefactor.

MacBook production has taken longer to transfer due to the complex supply chain involved. Alongside Apple Watch and MacBook production moving to Vietnam, Apple is also said to be potentially moving HomePod production to the country.

Article Link: Foxconn to Begin Making MacBooks in Vietnam as Early as May 2023
 

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Sometimes I imagine a world where there are no least developed countries, everybody would have the same currency, same labour cost and working hours.
The new iPhone made in USA - starting only at 9 999$, who's gonna buy it?
 
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assembly of the final product is the least technological part of a long supply chain. I assume most of the rest of the laptop is still produced in China and the components are shipped to Vietnam.
 
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assembly of the final product is the least technological part of a long supply chain. I assume most of the rest of the laptop is still produced in China and the components are shipped to Vietnam.

Initially I'm sure that is true but it won't be the case forever. You eat an elephant one bite at a time...
 
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So Apple continues to diversify…to another communist country that places little value on human rights and freedoms.

I recognize that labor costs are very important to remain competitive but can’t Apple provide opportunities to poor countries that don’t have horrific track records of human rights violations?

Aren’t those human rights violations the things keeping the costs down? I don’t like it either but every time this comes up it’s pointed out time and again that American workers will destroy the economy by demanding living wages, driving up the cost of everything. I wonder if that’s actually true or just an assumption. The exact same thing has been said about raising the minimum wage in the US.
 

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Good time to dump China
good joke, rest of supply chain still heavily dependent on china, only thing that got moved is the final assembly process 🤣
china is apple's 2nd biggest market, apple would be pretty fool hearted to dump its supply chain completely and risk retaliation from both the ccp and the avg chinese citizens who the ccp use has a echoing chamber.

btw, to anyone thinking this is apple's power play to diversify away from china, don't hold your breath, this simply follows CCP's expressed wishes to move it's economy away from low skilled labor and shift into more value added high tech production.
 

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So Apple continues to diversify…to another communist country that places little value on human rights and freedoms.

I recognize that labor costs are very important to remain competitive but can’t Apple provide opportunities to poor countries that don’t have horrific track records of human rights violations?
Poor country that can also offer sufficient potential Labor. Idk how many of those that exist today hasn’t been tapped into yet. Also, for the record, Vietnam hates CCP as well And they want US to protect them.
Apple has plenty of margin to build iPhones in the USA and hold prices steady if they wanted to.
Stakeholders would say otherwise, and I’m pretty sure Tim Cook ain’t gonna voluntarily give up his lavish lifestyle and several yachts he owns. What would more likely to happen is a massive price skyrocket, starting with top of the line cost $9000 as soon as manufacturing moves into US.
 
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Poor country that can also offer sufficient potential Labor. Idk how many of those that exist today hasn’t been tapped into yet. Also, for the record, Vietnam hates CCP as well And they want US to protect them.

Stakeholders would say otherwise, and I’m pretty sure Tim Cook ain’t gonna voluntarily give up his lavish lifestyle and several yachts he owns. What would more likely to happen is a massive price skyrocket, starting with top of the line cost $9000 as soon as manufacturing moves into US.

Is the $9,000 you’re quoting from a study or article? Where are you getting that number?
 

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So Apple continues to diversify…to another communist country that places little value on human rights and freedoms.

I recognize that labor costs are very important to remain competitive but can’t Apple provide opportunities to poor countries that don’t have horrific track records of human rights violations?

Politics aside, every country is nasty, and every country has great parts. You can't point to a single country that isn't bad, Vietnam included (they invaded Cambodia before and I'm quite sure there are tons of atrocities done to its people).

The reality is these companies just want profit, that's all. China's getting too expensive to make these laptops, just like America, and they're just driving the production to any country that can offer slave labor conditions without the slave part.

In China the entire factory could run on a 100k USD salary (I calculated this when I visited China), although living is cheap in China back in the day, the living standards continue to increase and you cannot run it that cheap anymore. You cannot run an entire factory with only 100k USD.

So vietnam we go, another communist state! 50k USD for 5000 workers.

All countries are nasty, the reality is companies are profit driven
 
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