Apple’s iPhone production in China was impacted by last year’s COVID crackdown
Foxconn employees fought with security guards last year after Foxconn failed to follow through with promised bonuses
Some of Apple’s iPhone production in India remains in the country to avoid import taxes that could raise the price of an iPhone by $100 or more. $5 million of the iPhone units produced in India were exported over the 12 months that ended in March 2023. That is four times the number exported during the previous year.
Apple is also looking to move some MacBook production to Thailand
A senior executive of one of the suppliers that would be involved with Thailand MacBook production said, “Ideally, Apple asked us to set up facilities in Vietnam for MacBooks, following in the footsteps of other Apple suppliers, but we offered an alternative option of building the product at our Thailand plants, which still have a massive space that can be reserved for the client.”