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Apple tests AirPods production in Vietnam as it cuts China reliance

Tech giant asks suppliers to support factory trials for wireless earphone

Apple supplier Goertek will start trial production of AirPod wireless earphones in Vietnam. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TAIPEI -- Apple is about to start trial production of its popular AirPods wireless earphones in Vietnam as the company accelerates plans to diversify manufacturing of its consumer electronics lineup beyond China, Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

China's Goertek, one of Apple's key contract manufacturers, this summer will begin testing the resilience of its manufacturing processes for the newest generation of AirPods at the company's audio factory in northern Vietnam, two sources with knowledge of the plan said.

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