Apple Stock News: Apple Reportedly Moving Some iPad Production From China to Vietnam
Apple Stock News: Apple has moved some iPad production from China to Vietnam for the first time, Nikkei Asia reported. Currently, the majority of the supply chain for the iPad is in China. Apple has reportedly been interested in moving at least some iPad production to Vietnam since January 2021, and now supply chain disruptions reportedly caused by China’s blockade have accelerated Apple’s desire to move some production abroad.
China’s BYD, one of the leading iPad assemblers, think about helping Apple set up a new iPad production line in Vietnam. The iPad will be Apple’s second major product line to be made in Vietnam, after AirPods. Apple has also reportedly asked many of its suppliers to build an inventory of components for all of its devices to prevent any future shortages. Apple is even thought to have shouldered some of the logistics and shipping costs for suppliers to ensure that materials needed for production arrive on time. Apple hopes its suppliers will be able to produce enough additional components in the coming months to fully offset China’s setbacks.
Only the Pro Models in iPhone 14 Lineup Will Feature Upgraded A16 Chip
Apple’s next-generation A16 chip will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, according to Taiwan-based research firm TrendForce. In a report focusing on global smartphone production, Apple plans to launch four new iPhone 14 models in the second half of 2022 but said only the Pro models will feature Apple’s latest processors.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman agreed in an April newsletter that the standard iPhone 14 model “will likely stick with last year’s A15 or a variant of it.” Gurman said that “in addition to trying to make the Pro stand out,” persistent chip shortages may have led Apple to decide to limit its upcoming chip offerings to iPhone 14 Pro models. That’s a departure from Apple’s current strategy of equipping all of its flagship iPhones with the same chip. Barring any major disruption to the supply chain, Apple is expected to announce its iPhone 14 range at its usual September event.
Apple’s Rumored ‘RealityOS’ for Augmented Reality Glasses Appears in Legal Filings
RealityOS, Apple’s rumored operating system for its AR glasses, has appeared in legal filings. Apple has long been rumored to be making its own augmented reality glasses, which impose digital information and visual effects on the real world. RealityOS is said to be a key part of this, powering the system that displays this information. They were first discovered by Park Ortolani, who points out that it’s probably no coincidence that they’re registered as “wearable computer hardware.” No trademark application has been officially linked to Apple, nor has it been filed on the company’s behalf. But many of these documents are filed on a one-time basis to prevent them from revealing unpublished information. This file is registered with RealityO Systems LLC.
The company does not own any other trademarks, and the registered address has been used for Apple shell companies in the past. Apple is reportedly pushing ahead with the launch of the glasses, including showing them to the board, so some kind of announcement could be made soon.
Apple Preparing to Add Support for Digital Car Keys on Hyundai and BYD Vehicles
Apple is getting ready to start supporting digital car keys in its Wallet app for two new car brands: Hyundai and BYD. The feature allows users to lock, unlock and start their vehicles using a pass stored in their iPhone or Apple Watch wallet, while Ultra Wideband with Express Mode in iOS 15 can even automatically lock and unlock compatible cars when you get close, without having to wake up your device. Back in 2020, BMW became the first manufacturer to offer digital car keys in the Wallet, and two months ago, Apple began listing several Genesis and Kia models to support the feature.