back to article Taiwan trumpets Apple planting next-gen monitor plant in local science park

Taiwan has let it be known it’s attracted a big new investment from Apple. State-owned news agency CNA reported the news, citing foreign investment application documents. That appears to have been enough for the nation’s Executive Yuan (the functional equivalent of Cabinet) to report the report as news. Apparently Apple will …

  1. tip pc Silver badge

    Taiwan economy growing in lockdown?

    who'd have thought it?

  2. Chris the bean counter Bronze badge

    Well done Taiwan

    Apple probably starting to worry that their brand will be damaged if they manufacture in mainland China

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Well done Taiwan

      Manufacturing in China is also getting more and more expensive relative to other countries like India, and COVID has taught everyone that having your whole supply chain concentrated in a single location can be a problem even beyond political concerns.

      Companies everywhere are revisiting this, because they were damn lucky the pandemic's peak in China coincided with planned shutdowns for China's New Year which reduced its impact. They are probably thinking "what if it had hit a few months earlier, and we had major shortages right before Christmas shopping season?" (or in Apple's case, the September release of the new iPhone)

  3. Sebastian Brosig

    lockdown?

    I have many colleagues and friends in Hsinchu, and they tell me that life is more or less normal there, much more so than over here anyway. No wonder that's where they are planning a new factory.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Apple's belief in self sufficiency for what it views as critical technologies would certainly make them want to take control of their own display production for the iPhone. Micro LEDs may first be practical for watches before phones, but once they have them on watches expect phones to follow on their heels.

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