Apple gives engineers in China more responsibility over manufacturing processes

Apple is giving engineers based in China more responsibility in managing its hardware manufacturing processes, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Prior to the pandemic, Apple frequently sent US-based engineers to the country to help oversee development, but the report says the company now relies more on China-based engineers given increased border restrictions in China. due to COVID-19.

However, Apple engineers based in the United States are still remotely involved in overseas development efforts, according to the the wall street journalreport of :

The iPhone maker has also embraced some technologies, including live streaming, that help staff based at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., follow what’s going on in Chinese factories remotely, the people said. Apple used iPads to communicate and augmented reality tools to help technical experts in Cupertino verify factory issues, one of the people said.

And “key decisions” and product design still take place primarily at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Apple is famous for its mastery of the supply chain, and many of the factories it relies on for manufacturing are based in China. But global chip shortages and COVID-19-related disruptions, including lockdowns in China, have thrown major wrenches into the company’s operations — so much so that CEO Tim Cook said on the call. to the company’s second-quarter results that it expects revenue to decline “into the $4 billion to $8 billion range” in the current quarter.

Rumors suggest the company is working on many new products for this year, including the iPhone 14 lineup, a redesigned MacBook Air (although reports differ on whether it will have an M1 or M2 processor), and AirPods Pro. second generation. It is not clear if the development of these products has been slowed down despite Apple’s adjustments. And, if the disruptions continue, it’s always possible that Apple will release some later than expected.


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