Apple MacBook 2018: Foxconn Building More Units This Year

Pat Wise
January 17, 2018

The MacBook Pro saw its last major upgrade in 2016 when we know its version with Touch Bar, and no USB-A port, opting for USB-C connectivity for all new models, which generated a lot of criticism (especially for users professionals).

Recent news published by Chinese website Digitimes suggest that Apple will not update the MacBook Pro in 2018.

The report never quantifies what "a major portion" of MacBook manufacturing will translate to considering that it's expected that Quanta will still get the majority of orders in 2018. To minimize the impact of loosing orders from Apple, Quanta has been pushing to acquire orders from other brand vendors.

Digitimes today reports that Apple is reallocating MacBook Pro orders from Quanta to Foxconn in order to lower costs and reduce risks.

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The sources pointed out that Apple started outsourcing the assembly for some of MacBooks' components to Foxconn's plants in Shenzhen, China in the second half of 2017.

Digitimes Research's figures show that the upstream supply chain has shipped around 15 million MacBooks a year to Apple with the shipment ratio for Quanta and Foxconn at around 8:2 for the past five years. With the new production schedule, Quanta will be not removed but it sounds like it will lose about 30% to give both companies an even split of orders. Notably, the orders will be for existing MacBook models.

Lenovo now has over 50% of its notebooks made by its in-house manufacturing subsidiary, while the rest is shared between Compal Electronics and Wistron. As of now, Quanta is the largest notebook supplier for HP, Apple, Acer and Asustek Computers. Dell's orders are also mainly handled by Compal and Wistron.

Moreover, although the claims a lack of a major MacBook Pro upgrade, considering that there has been a four-year gaps between the second, third, and fourth generations, it is still entirely plausible that Apple makes some considerable changes to the internals, while keeping the main chassis of the hardware largely unchanged.

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