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Coronavirus Impact: Apple indicates partial production shift to Vietnam

As per the report, Apple has connected with contract manufacturers Goertek and Luxshare to use factories in Vietnam to produce the headphones.

San Francisco: With many countries accusing China of creating and spreading the coronavirus pandemic, several multi-national companies have announced their decision to move their operations out to other Asian countries.

This decision is expected to deal a strong blow to the Chinese economy.

This move is also expected to benefit other countries and economies in the region.

Now, in a snub to the Chinese government, Apple has decided to shift some of its production units outside China.

In a bid to end its dependence on China, Apple is reportedly shifting its upcoming line of over-ear headphones ‘AirPods Studio’ production to Vietnam, The Information reported on Tuesday.

The Cupertino-based tech giant has been trying to reduce its dependence on Chinese manufacturing since the US administration went into a trade battle with China last year.

As per the report, Apple has connected with contract manufacturers Goertek and Luxshare to use factories in Vietnam to produce the headphones.

Shipments to Apple will reportedly begin in June or July, which could mean a release to customers sometime in late summer.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that AirPods Studio will enter mass production in mid-2020.

AirPods Studio may reportedly come with head and neck detection feature similar to the ear detection feature in the AirPods and AirPods Pro.

The AirPods true wireless earphones series have sensors which can detect when the earphones have been removed or put back, to automatically play or pause music or videos on compatible devices.

AirPods Studio will have similar sensors that will detect whether the headphones are on the head or the neck, presumably playing or pausing content when the headphones are worn on the head.

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