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Apple can reportedly make enough iPhones outside China

It can apparently satisfy the US market if the US-China trade war escalates.


Apple has sufficient iPhone production capacity outside China to meet the needs of the US market.

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Apple is reportedly prepared if the US-China trade war forces it to move production outside China.

Its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry (better known as Foxconn) can make enough iPhones to meet the needs of Apple's US market outside China if needed, according to Bloomberg.

Most iPhones are currently produced in China, but Foxconn semiconductor division chief Young Liu apparently told investors Tuesday that 25% of its production capacity is outside the mainland -- enough to satisfy the US market.

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The Cupertino, California, company hasn't told the manufacturer to move production, but it's prepared to do so if President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalates, Liu reportedly said.

"Foxconn follows a strict company policy of not commenting on any matters related to current or potential customers, or any of their products," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed confidence that the company's products will escape fallout from the trade war.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published June 11 at 3:10 a.m. PT.
Updated June 12 at 1:39 a.m. PT: Adds Foxconn statement.