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150,000 iPhone 5 a day as Apple ramps for launch

150,000 iPhone 5 a day as Apple ramps for launch

With the launch of the iPhone 5 expected to be a matter of weeks away, it's hardly a surprise that Apple's production partners should be beavering away at building the fifth-gen iOS smartphone. Still, from the latest channel leaks, it sounds like Apple isn't leaving stock levels to chance: DigiTimes' sources say Foxconn, Apple's OEM, is churning out 150,000 handsets per day.

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Foxconn looks to use robots to replace a million human workers

Foxconn looks to use robots to replace a million human workers

Foxconn has been making a bunch of Apple gear for a long time now. The company has hoards of workers in China that build iPhones, iPads, and a bunch of other gear for Apple, Sony, and Nokia in what is often alleged to be harsh conditions. The company was besieged at one point by a rash of workers jumping from the building to their deaths. The company has also had problems with leaks of new products ahead of launch.

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Foxconn blocks iPad production plans

Foxconn blocks iPad production plans

Foxconn has reportedly blocked arch-rival Pegatron from securing iPad 3 manufacturing orders, with the company supposedly persuading Apple not to double up on its production partners. Rumors earlier this week suggested Apple was hedging its bets on future iPad fabrication by adding a second supplier, with Pegatron - which already produces the CDMA iPhone 4 - tipped as the most likely option; however, now DigiTimes' sources suggest Foxconn has reacted quickly to change the Cupertino company's strategy.

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iPhone 5 “complicated and difficult to assemble”: Supplies may be short

iPhone 5 “complicated and difficult to assemble”: Supplies may be short

Apple's incoming fifth-gen iPhone is "complicated and difficult to assemble" according to sources at Foxconn, with the potential for that design trickiness to impact supplies of the much-anticipated smartphone when it launches in Q3 this year. According to the WSJ's tipsters, the iPhone 5 will indeed be thinner and lighter than the existing iPhone 4, as well as use an 8-megapixel camera as previously suggested; however, they also claim that Apple's ambitious targets of 25m iPhone units by the end of 2011 may be impacted by Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn's current low yield rates.

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Pegatron readying 15m next-gen iPhone 5/4S order for September tip insiders

Pegatron readying 15m next-gen iPhone 5/4S order for September tip insiders

Apple's iPhone 5 fabricator, Pegatron, has reportedly landed a 15m-strong order for the fifth-gen smartphone, with shipping expected to begin in September. That's according to the latest leaks to drain their way down the DigiTimes plughole, with component supplier sources claiming that - contrary to expectations of a significantly more advanced handset - the iPhone 5 "does not seem to have any major update" from its predecessor. That could suggest a single device, or that Apple has split manufacturing responsibilities for a two-strong next-gen iPhone line-up between suppliers.

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Intel conducting investigation after explosion at Chandler Fab 22

Intel conducting investigation after explosion at Chandler Fab 22

Something went wrong at one of the Intel fabs where computer chips are produced yesterday and an explosion occurred. Luckily, no one was killed in the explosion, but there were four people inside the room when the explosion happened and six more workers were right outside the room. The explosion happened in one of the fabs Intel operates in Chandler, Arizona called Fab 22. The photo below is of Chandler Fab 32, which is adjacent to Fab 22.

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iPad 2 Touch Panels To Come From Chimei Innolux In June

iPad 2 Touch Panels To Come From Chimei Innolux In June

Despite the seeming abundance of iPad 2s in Apple Stores around the country thanks to the recent 2.0 revamp, the tablet is still struggling through supply issues. iPad 2 supplies around the globe have not been able to meet demand, with current ship times here in the states still at about one to two weeks. However, things may start to turn around as Apple works through its procurement process and adds new vendors.

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Tragic Foxconn plant explosion may affect iPad 2 supply after all

Tragic Foxconn plant explosion may affect iPad 2 supply after all

Apple has the best selling tablet on the market with the iPad 2 burning up the sales charts and moving in very large numbers. When the iPad 2 launched it was hard for folks in some areas to get their hands on the tablet and that led to long waits in some areas for the tablets to get in stock. Apple has since the launch been able to ramp production to levels that meet the demand for the most part. Late last week there was an explosion at the Foxconn plant where the iPad 2 is made that resulted in several workers going to the hospital and three dying from injuries sustained in the explosion.

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Third worker dies after Foxconn plant explosion, Foxconn and Apple offer statements

Third worker dies after Foxconn plant explosion, Foxconn and Apple offer statements

We reported on the tragic explosion that happened in the Chinese Foxconn factory where the Apple iPad 2 is made on Friday. The explosion apparently was the result of combustible aluminum dust that was in ducts in the polishing section of the plant according to initial investigations. Two workers were killed in the initial explosion and there are still several other workers in the hospital. M.I.C. Gadget reports that the combustible dust had apparently gathered in a dust collecting pipe.

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