Five years after starting to manufacture iPads at its Jundia unit, in the interior of So Paulo, Foxconn probably in a joint decision Apple decided to close the local tablet assembly line.
The information was recently released by People's Gazette, whose sources say the iPad manufacturing line would have been shut down 20 days ago and that some 70 people have already been laid off.
At the height of the line, in 2012, more than 2,000 Foxconn employees worked in the iPad line. Currently, that number has already plummeted to just 130. The iPhones assembly line, however, remains active today, involving approximately 2,300 people.
Also according to People's Gazette, it is known that Foxconn from Jundia came to manufacture from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2, launched in 2014. Since then all iPads homologated by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) bring references to it as a manufacturing unit, but the The report failed to ascertain whether recent models came to be produced there.
Although the news is sad mainly considering the layoffs that occurred there, unfortunately for the end consumer this local manufacture of both iPads and iPhones has never brought real benefits to the sales prices practiced by Apple Brazil. In other words, nothing to change in this sense now that everyone will be imported from China again.