Apple will diversify its MacBook Pro production so that IT can be made in more locations across China, according to a new Digitimes report.
For years, Apple has been working to expand MacBook Pro production to multiple companies and countries. In 2020, Apple specifically asked Foxconn to open a factory in Vietnam. Foxconn received approval from Vietnam's local government in 2021.
At the end of 2021, power cuts in some parts of China affected Apple supplier production. Then a strict coronavirus lockdown in China forced half of Apple's suppliers to shut down for extended periods.
However, it would take years to move the business completely out of China, and now a Digitimes analyst predicts that Apple is planning a compromise. Regardless of its efforts outside mainland China, Apple is expected to expand MacBook Pro production to multiple mainland locations.
Based on supply chain information, Quanta will shift some production from its Shanghai plant to a plant in Chongqing in western China, the report said.
Quanta reportedly now produces about 60% of Apple MacBook orders, including the MacBook Pro 14 "and 16".
The remaining 40 per cent of orders are now made at Foxconn's Chengdu plant in western China. However, as Quanta's Shanghai plant has been forced to shut down, Foxconn has secured a proportion of the orders. According to Digitimes, MacBook Air 13-inch production will gradually move to the Wentai Technology factory in Kunming, southwest China.
Sources estimate that Apple ultimately intends Quanta to make 55 percent of MacBooks, while Foxconn will make 35 percent and Wen Tai 10 percent.