The company is rumored to be working on a new pair of premium noise cancelling headphones that feature head and neck detection, custom equalizer settings, magnetically attached ear pads and headband padding, and more.
According to The Information, this will be the first time Apple has used Vietnam to produce an entirely new product. Goertek and Luxshare are said to be assembling the headphones.
Apple has tapped factories in Vietnam to make its own forthcoming over-ear headphones, a new phase in its effort to diversify manufacturing away from China amid political and trade tensions between Washington and Beijing, The Information has learned. The move would be the first time Apple has used factories in Vietnam to produce an entirely new product, instead of relying on them to supplement manufacturing of an older model already produced in China. The company is working with contract manufacturers, who will also build some of the headphones in factories in China, said a person briefed on Apple’s plans.
Notably, a recent report from Nikkei claimed that Apple is shifting around 30% of AirPods 2 production to Vietnam from China this quarter. The move is purportedly part of an accelerated effort to diversify production out of China amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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