Apple is reportedly working with Foxconn to build a secret new facility in China where it will test and manufacture prototypes of new products, Nikkei said this week.
Apple, of course, hasn’t confirmed the facility, and neither has Foxconn. In fact, there hasn’t been any actual work on the new alleged building just yet, though Foxconn is reportedly looking for land for building on. The goal is to find space next to Apple’s new research and development facility, which is supposed to open in Shenzhen, China as soon as this year. Foxconn’s nearby building could make it easy for the manufacturing partner to learn how to build new products, particularly prototypes, long before they’re due out on the market.
One might think of it like this: imagine researching and designing new products in your shed outside, then simply walking next door to your garage to manufacture them. You can see why this might be appealing, and why the rumor — while still unconfirmed — makes a good deal of sense.
All this, despite pressures to build in US
“The Taiwanese manufacturing conglomerate’s move to build an additional production base in Shenzhen highlights the fact that it is continuing to expand investments in China, a key market for both Apple and itself,” Nikkei said, noting that this is particularly compelling given that President-elect Donald Trump is calling on Apple to build more products in the US.