As disruptions in China continue, Apple will start making iPads in Vietnam

The back of the 2019 iPad Air

Enlarge / The back of the 2019 iPad Air. (credit: Samuel Axon)

In the face of COVID lockdown-related supply disruptions, Apple is moving some iPad production from China to Vietnam, according to Nikkei Asia. The company is also taking other measures with its suppliers to soften the blow of supply issues in China.

This is not Apple’s first attempt to move some production out of China. Some iPhones have been made in India, a small number of Macs have been assembled in the United States, and Vietnam is already a major factor in AirPods production.

Apple was looking to move more production to Vietnam in 2020 and 2021, but it had to postpone some of its plans as COVID-19 surges hit the country.

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Ex-Apple employees say company ignored China labor-law violations

An iPhone assembly worker works with Apple supplier Pegatron in an image distributed by Apple.

Enlarge / An iPhone assembly worker works with Apple supplier Pegatron in an image distributed by Apple. (credit: Apple)

A new report in The Information cites both former Apple employees and internal presentations and data to make the case that Apple has failed to keep its manufacturing partners in China accountable after the Chinese government passed a new law limiting the use of temporary workers at factories.

The former Apple employees included three from Apple’s supplier responsibility team, and one who was “a senior manager familiar with its operations in China.”

In the mid-2010s, China introduced a new labor law that required factories to limit the portion of their workforces made up of temporary workers (also called dispatch workers) to 10 percent.

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