The current version number is VLC 3.0.12. In addition to M1 support, it also includes bug fixes, from which the Intel version also benefits. The talk is, among other things, of improved UI under macOS Big Sur and some bug fixes that should eliminate sound problems during playback. In the Release Notes are available for troubleshooting and support of the RIST protocol. VLC Media Player can be used free of charge, but donations are explicitly requested.
Foxconn’s new factory – probably for MacBooks and iPads
Foxconn plans to manufacture up to eight million notebooks and tablets per year in a new factory in Vietnam. Although there are no concrete statements in this regard, the manufacturing taking place in Bac Giang Province is clearly identified by market experts with Apple Connected. Last year, Cupertino urged Foxconn to partially withdraw the production of iPads and MacBooks from China. This is part of the strategy of having production take place in multiple locations and not centrally.
Such diversification should lead to the ability to compensate for failures more quickly. At the beginning of 2020 it was easy to see how hard the global production chains were hit after the emerging corona pandemic led to closings in China lasting several weeks. At that point in time, Apple began to rethink the previous concept and to develop “more resilient” distribution processes. Incidentally, Foxconn spent around $ 270 million on the new factory.