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Foxconn: iPhone 5 “most difficult” to make (but we’re getting better)

Foxconn: iPhone 5 “most difficult” to make (but we’re getting better)

Apple's iPhone 5 is "the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled" the Cupertino company's production partner has admitted, though there are promises of speedier production as workers get the hang of it. Shortages of the latest Apple smartphone have affected the US and international sales, with a roughly 3-4 week shipping estimate for online orders. That should hopefully ease soon, an unnamed Foxconn exec told the WSJ, with productivity apparently "improving day by day."

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Rumor claims Apple will expand iPhone production to Foxconn subsidiary

Rumor claims Apple will expand iPhone production to Foxconn subsidiary

As is always the case with the new version of the iPhone, demand has been greater than availability for the new smartphone. Combine that with the fact that Apple has reportedly slowed iPhone 5 production in an effort to fix issues with easily scratched aluminum and a new rumor that surfaced this week makes sense. According to the new rumor, Apple has expanded iPhone 5 production to Foxconn International Holdings.

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iPhone 5 production slows as Apple fixes aluminum issues

iPhone 5 production slows as Apple fixes aluminum issues

The iPhone 5 underwent a lot of cosmetic changes that took the basic, overall design of the previous two generations, but used aluminum instead of glass for the back plate (as well as making it larger and thinner at the same time, obviously). However, owners quickly found out that the aluminum scratched pretty easily, and now it seems Apple is going back to the drawing board to improve the iPhone 5's aluminum quality.

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Foxconn denies reports of worker strike

Foxconn denies reports of worker strike

Yesterday, China Labor Watch reported that three to four thousand Foxconn quality assurance workers went on strike after iPhone 5 quality demands were raised to extremes. The report also stated that a fight broke out between workers that sent some to the hospital, and that a contributing factor in the strike was that workers weren't allowed to take time off during the week-long national holiday that kicked off at the beginning of last week. Today, Foxconn is denying that a strike ever happened, saying that production on the iPhone 5 has "continued on schedule."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 5, 2012

We've arrived at another Friday evening, which means that the weekend lies ahead. Today, as many of you probably already know, was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. Apple paid tribute to Jobs in a new video released today, and it was announced that three modified MacBook Pros will be auctioned off in memory of Jobs. On the lighter side of things, Lenovo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad with a look back through time, and Samsung's profits for Q3 2013 managed to break company records (not an easy thing to do, considering how popular Samsung is).

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iPhone 5 quality demands reportedly lead to large-scale Foxconn strike

iPhone 5 quality demands reportedly lead to large-scale Foxconn strike

Just a little over a week after a brawl broke out at one of Foxconn's factories in China, we're now getting reports that Foxconn workers have gone on strike due to iPhone 5 quality demands. China Labor Watch is reporting that the strike happened today at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou Factory and involved three to four thousand production workers, most of which were onsite quality control personnel. The result of the strike? CWL says that the strike "paralyzed" production lines.

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