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With Apple Reducing Its Manufacturing Dependence on China, Why is So Much Going to Asia and So Little to Latin America?

File image of a Taiwan-owned manufacturing facility for Apple located 60km outside of Bangalore, India. Manjunath Kiran / AFP

Apple is reportedly moving faster to relocate more of its production to countries outside China and reduce its longtime dependence on Taiwan-based contract manufacturing giant Foxconn.

Eventually, the Cupertino-based electronics giant aims to ship 40-45% of iPhones from India, while Vietnam will emerge as a hub to produce other items including AirPods, watches and laptops, according to Ming-chi Kuo, a supply chain analyst at TF International Securities in Taipei and widely regarded as the world’s foremost Apple watcher. 

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