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Apple’s Plan to Shift More Manufacturing From China to Elsewhere in Asia Takes Shape

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Since the beginning of the year, there’s been a steady drip of news coming from Apple about its plans to gradually end its decades-long reliance on China to manufacture the bulk of the company’s products.

First, there was word that some of the new iPhone 14 production would take place in India. Then, over the summer, Apple’s largest contract supplier, Foxconn, announced that it plans to invest $300 million in Vietnam to assemble Apple Watches and MacBooks, among other products. Now, one of the world’s leading Apple analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities, says Thailand will also become a new manufacturing hub for MacBooks.

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