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Apple to produce millions of AirPods in Vietnam amid pandemic

US tech giant hastens shift away from China

Apple is mass producing AirPods in Vietnam for the frist time. (Nikkei Montage/AP/Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- Apple will produce millions of its popular AirPods wireless earphones in Vietnam for the first time this quarter, sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asian Review, in a sign the company is accelerating its diversification of production out of China amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 3 million to 4 million units, or around 30% of total classic AirPods production this quarter, will be "made in Vietnam," the sources said. The production relocation does not yet include AirPods Pro, a high-end version with noise-cancellation features that Apple introduced last October.

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