AirPods 3 might be made in China not Vietnam because of COVID-19

Apple’s plan to start out assembling extra merchandise in Vietnam is reportedly on maintain because of COVID-19 disruptions and restricted engineering assets.

It’s believed the corporate’s third-generation AirPods, anticipated to reach later this 12 months, can be mass-produced in China as a substitute.

AirPods are one of many merchandise Apple was already largely manufacturing in Vietnam by means of Inventec. Current stories steered Cupertino was additionally planning to shift some iPad and MacBook manufacturing there, too.

However due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to tighter border controls to comprise outbreaks of recent variants, Apple’s plans are on maintain. Google has additionally confronted related manufacturing disruptions, sources say.

Vietnam might miss out on AirPods 3 orders

Apple “will begin mass-producing its newest AirPods earphones in China as a substitute of in Vietnam as beforehand deliberate, two folks acquainted with the state of affairs stated,” reads a Wednesday report from Nikkei Asia.

The sources declare that Apple nonetheless hopes to shift round 20% of recent AirPods manufacturing to Vietnam later, however didn’t present a timeline for when that may occur. iPad and MacBook manufacturing in Vietnam can also be on maintain.

Apple isn’t the one firm that has run into issues getting {hardware} assembled in Vietnam. Google’s new Pixel 6 vary can even be produced in China moderately than Vietnam, as initially deliberate, the report claims.

Amazon additionally faces delays on a variety of sensible doorbells, house safety digicam, and sensible audio system after meeting crops in northern elements of Vietnam take care of a surge in native COVID-19 circumstances.

An absence of engineers

The COVID-19 disruptions and tighter border controls, which make it troublesome to convey employees in from elsewhere, have reportedly worsened the shortage of native engineering expertise in Vietnam.

Its engineering workforce “remains to be removed from ample,” one supply stated. “It’s solely possible to make merchandise in Vietnam which are already in mass manufacturing elsewhere, moderately than beginning manufacturing of upcoming merchandise from scratch.”

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