foxconn

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

Continue Reading

iPhone 5 orders received by Foxconn

iPhone 5 orders received by Foxconn

Today a local news report from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China has reported that the Foxconn factory in the area is looking to hire 20,000 workers to create the new iPhone specifically. This report from Taiyuan notes that the factory "urgently" seeks this massive amount of new workers to work on their new orders for the production of the iPhone 5. This new device will likely be released this year per patterns laid down by Apple over the past few years with mobile device releases.

Continue Reading

Sharp inks Foxconn deal to rescue diving profits

Sharp inks Foxconn deal to rescue diving profits

Sharp has announced a deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai Production that will see the Japanese company increase its use of third-party components, while Hon Hai takes shares in its new partner's LCD business. Described by Sharp as a necessary step given the continuing price slump in the electronics business, stronger global competition, and a response to environmental changes, the deal will see Hon Hai grab 50-percent of the Japanese firm's holding in the Sakai LCD plant.

Continue Reading

Tim Cook visits China for “greater investment”

Tim Cook visits China for “greater investment”

The world's most heavily populated country has has Tim Cook as its guest this past week, Apple assuring Chinese officials from Beijing that they would be investing further in the country as it opens up to the mobile world. This visit is not the first time Apple has been in the country, of course, with both parts factories and sales hitting the news headlines for quite a few months now. Apple's few retail stores in China have blossomed in the short time they've been there, with Cook's visit coming amid promises that the successful retail model Apple has in the USA will expand to China past their initial "test phase."

Continue Reading

Foxconn won’t sue over This American Life Apple blunder

Foxconn won’t sue over This American Life Apple blunder

Foxconn has announced it will not be taking legal action against the producers of This American Life over the retracted Apple worker treatment story, despite admissions last week that the show's contents were "partially falsified." Public Radio International revealed on Friday that the January radio show was artificially biased against Apple, Foxconn and other production partners, with actor and content lead Mike Daisey fabricating experiences from his visits to the plants. Yet despite the apparently misleading comments, Foxconn won't be unleashing its legal team, Reuters reports.

Continue Reading

This American Life Apple episode retracted as “partially fabricated”

This American Life Apple episode retracted as “partially fabricated”

Public Radio International has retracted its controversial This American Life episode on Apple and Foxconn worker conditions, claiming that it discovered the content was "partially fabricated" by commentator Mike Daisey. The Mr.Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory episode - described by PRI as "one of our most popular" - documented Daisey's supposed journey to discover the manufacturing practices behind Apple's products, painting a picture of poor treatment at odds with the Cupertino company's own claims.

Continue Reading

Workers still seek treatment after December iPad plant explosion

Workers still seek treatment after December iPad plant explosion

According to the NPR, hours after Apple inspectors left an iPad manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China where the iPad is produced an explosion struck. The explosion occurred in December of last year, and it happened in a facility other than the one the New York Times investigated. Last week, NPR reports that it met with 25 of the workers of his injured in the Shanghai explosion. The workers claim that it had been inspected by Apple hours before the blast.

Continue Reading

iPad, iPhone assembly lines to get X-ray inspections

iPad, iPhone assembly lines to get X-ray inspections

Apple's long-time iPad and iPhone manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is adding X-ray inspection to its assembly lines. Citing a source with first-hand knowledge of the new development, CNET reports that Foxconn has begun purchasing these X-ray machines in "unprecedented quantities." However, it's unclear whether this means the company is attempting to reduce labor costs or trying to cut back on rising production defects.

Continue Reading

Apple speaks in post-Nightline aftermath

Apple speaks in post-Nightline aftermath

Apple and Foxconn's behind-the-scenes efforts to conclusively end criticisms over labor treatment look unlikely to stop speculation, with a supposed open letter from former workers renewing calls for closer scrutiny. Supply chain staff purportedly injured while using n-hexane to clean iPhone screens have published an open letter to consumers, Tom's Hardware reports, hoping pressure from Apple's target audience will not only secure them compensation but spur a change in working practices. However, Apple has already ceased the use of n-hexane, according to the company's 2011 supplier responsibility report [pdf link].

Continue Reading

Apple Nightline tour reveals handmade iPhones

Apple Nightline tour reveals handmade iPhones

Apple's behind-the-scenes Foxconn factory tour for ABC's Nightline has aired, leaving the company's fans and critics arguing over whether the "privileged" access unlocked any secrets or alleviated concerns over labor treatment. Many of the more astonishing figures surround the production processes for Apple's most coveted devices, the iPad and iPhone, which are for the most part built by hand by an ever-growing team of Foxconn workers. An iPhone, for instance, takes 141 construction steps, and there is huge demand for positions at the factory.

Continue Reading