While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the China, Apple is shifting the manufacturing of some of its major devices to Taiwan. The information, from Taiwan News, go (partially) to meet those released last week, since they do not mention the iPhone.
More precisely, Ma would have started the process of transferring part of the production of AirPods, iPads and Apple Watches to Taiwanese factories, which still have access to manufacturing components.
Apple is trying to diversify its supply chain geographically due to the spread of the virus, which has seriously affected the production of its products in China. Apple intends to gradually increase the proportion of production in Taiwan, while still trying to maintain its cooperation with Chinese suppliers.
Still according to the TN, it is estimated that at least one third of Chinese production lines will remain ?idle? in this quarter, being ?almost impossible? to return to the level of normal production before the end of February / early March.
In a statement released earlier this week, Apple said its priority was the well-being of everyone involved in its supply chain, meaning that the company would not force Chinese factories to resume production in the meantime posing a risk to their employees. .
Moving part of the production from China to Taiwan will help, but, as we know, it will not be a complete solution as many components are manufactured in Chinese territory. Either way, Apple is doing the right thing by remedying bigger problems in China by investing in other production plants.