Since the coronavirus, Apple limited production by transitioning from its Chinese production site to Taiwan in February 2020. The supply chain change only applied to the AirPods, iPad and Apple Watch production.
Recently, Apple previewed its supply chain in the Chinese market for iPhones. Apple intends to add more China-based manufacturers for the Chinese market.
DigiTimes shared that:
"Apple seems to be looking to build a supply chain consisting of China-based makers for iPhones specifically for the Chinese market. Chinese maker Luxshare has already taken manufacturing plants in China from Taiwan's Wistron.
Luxshare and another Chinese company, Lens Technology, are reportedly also looking to buy metal chassis plants from Taiwanese firms, as they seek to expand their presence in the iPhone ecosystem with approval from Apple."
DigiTime's report continues to explain Apple's approach to the situation:
"Apple is seemingly continuing to recruit more Chinese suppliers for iPhones, judging from Chinese EMS provider Luxshare Precision Industry and handset cover glassmaker Lens Technology's aggressive moves seeking to acquire metal chassis plants operated in China by Taiwan-based makers, reportedly under the nod from the US vendor, according to industry sources."
Apple's hopes to expand its supply chain reflect its hopes to attract more international customers and thus, potentially higher sales volume.
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