According to a recent report, Apple will diversify its MacBook Pro production so that it is built in more locations across China.
To distribute the manufacture of the MacBook Pro across a number of businesses and nations, Apple has already been working for a while. In order to dodge the then-imminent US tariffs, Apple and several other Big Tech companies were rumored to be aiming to leave China in 2019. Then, in 2020, Apple specifically requested Foxconn to establish a manufacturing somewhere like Vietnam. In 2021, local Vietnamese officials granted Foxconn permission to do that.
Due to energy and coronavirus concerns, China has since given Big Tech companies more motivation to relocate.
Late in 2021, China started implementing power outages, which had an impact on Apple suppliers. Then, half of Apple’s suppliers were subject to lockdowns for varying lengths of time as a result of the Chinese government’s extremely severe—and effective—COVID regulations.
But doing so would need years of planning, and now a DIGITIMES research analyst believes that Apple is considering a compromise. Despite its efforts outside of mainland China, Apple is anticipated to distribute MacBook Pro manufacture to a number of locations there.
According to the report, which is based on supply chain data, Quanta would move some production from its Shanghai factory to one in western China’s Chongqing.
Including the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Quanta is apparently currently responsible for producing about 60% of all MacBook orders placed by Apple.
Presently, Foxconn’s Chengdu facility in western China is where the remaining 40% of the product is made. But because Quanta’s Shanghai operations were forced into lockdowns, Foxconn received a part of the orders. In the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, the Wingtech company would reportedly gradually take over production of the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Quanta is expected to produce 55% of all MacBooks , Foxconn 35%, and Wingtech 10%, according to the sources cited in the outlets.
Be aware that while DIGITIMES has a solid reputation for its supply chain sources, it has a much worse one for the inferences it makes about Apple’s future plans.