As part of a larger transformation of its production base away from China, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities predicted that Apple would move to Vietnam to mass-produce the next generation of its AirPods.
The expert predicted that Apple would start producing AirPods Pro 2 in Vietnam in the second part of the year in a series of tweets.
According to Kuo, Apple’s decision was inspired by the AirPods Pro 2’s “relatively” simple supply chain and a better manufacturing environment in Vietnam than in other Asia Pacific countries.
Unfortunately, due to difficulties replicating production in other countries, Kuo indicated that the device will first be made in China in the short term.
In comparison to India, Chinese AirPod assembly companies Luxshare ICT and Goertek have less risk in establishing facilities in Vietnam, according to Kuo.
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The Wall Street Journal said that Apple is planning to increase iPhone production in India and Vietnam, according to the expert. According to Reuters, Apple began producing its iPhone 13 flagship in India last month.