Apple’s biggest supplier splits its manufacturing to avoid being hit with tariffs


Tim Cook meets with a person working on the production line building iPhones.
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Apple manufacturer Foxconn said Wednesday that it plans to split its supply chain in two. One segment will service the China market, while the other will focus on the United States.

Foxconn chairman Young Liu said the manufacturing giant now operates 30% of its capacity outside China, up from 25% last June. In recent years, the company began moving manufacturing to other regions such as Southeast Asia to avoid possible tariffs on Chinese goods headed to the United States.

Apple’s biggest supplier is already making trial lenses for Apple Glass


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Don't expect it right away, though.
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Foxconn has reportedly started trial production on polarized, semi-transparent AR lenses that could be used for Apple Glass, according to The Information.

The Friday paywalled report says the lenses are between one and two years away from entering mass production. However, they have already passed the prototyping phase, having been in development for three years.

Apple supplier resolves customs dispute on China and India border


Foxconn moving additional iPhone production to India as coronavirus disrupts work
Tensions between China and India have been ramping up.
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Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn has successfully resolved an issue that was stopping its component shipments from China being imported to India, amid tensions between the two nations.

Customs officials were holding shipments from China following violent incidents at the Himalayan border, which is shared by China and India. This was reportedly causing problems for Foxconn, which carries out iPhone manufacturing (among other things) in both countries.

Today in Apple history: Apple probes Foxconn suicides


Apple faces criticism for conditions on the iPhone production line in Foxconn factories.
Apple faces criticism for conditions on the iPhone production line.
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May 25: Today in Apple history: Apple responds to Foxconn suicides May 25, 2010: Apple opens an investigation into a string of suicides at Foxconn, its Chinese manufacturing partner.

After reports of a ninth death at a Foxconn factory, Apple says it is “independently evaluating” Foxconn’s response. Cupertino vows to take a long, hard look at the facilities that manufacture its products. It’s a tough challenge for Apple to deal with — and Steve Jobs’ controversial comments don’t exactly help.

Apple wants to lessen its reliance on world’s biggest manufacturer


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Tim Cook meeting a worker on the Foxconn production line.
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For better or worse, Foxconn has long been the contract manufacturer most associated with Apple — but Apple is looking to reduce its reliance on the company, a report published Wednesday claims.

Nikkei Asian Review notes that Apple is pushing one of its Chinese AirPods assemblers to make a “major investment” in an iPhone and MacBook metal casing provider. This could help make it a viable alternative to Foxconn, the world’s biggest electronics contract manufacturer.

Major Apple supplier taking extra precautions to counter spread of COVID-19


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Tim Cook speaking to an employee on the iPhone production line during pre-coronavirus times.
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Foxconn is back up and running (and raking in the cash) after the coronavirus pandemic eased in China. But Apple’s biggest supply manufacturer is taking precautions to avoid a COVID-19 recurrence while it races toward delivering the iPhone 12 as promised.

According to a Wednesday report, at Foxconn’s primary iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, numerous strict measures have been put in place for employees. The local government seems to have stipulated these measures.

iPhone-maker sees huge revenue increase as production ramps up


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Apple isn't out of the woods yet, though.
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Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, has reported a whopping 59.9% increase in revenue for March 2020 as production ramps up following COVID-19 disruptions.

It’s not all good news for Apple fans, however. One report warns that while some facilities are running at full throttle, plans for some new products have been scuppered by travel restrictions.

Apple supplier Foxconn will start building ventilators in the United States


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Foxconn is doing its part in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn is going to join the fight against the coronavirus by developing and manufacturing ventilators in the United States, a Wednesday report by Bloomberg and Reuters claims.

Foxconn has confirmed the news, although it has not said where it will make the medical equipment. According to Medtronic, Foxconn’s partner in the endeavor, they will be built in Foxconn’s controversial Wisconsin plant.