Back in February of 2011, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs was among a number of tech luminaries to attend a dinner with President Barack Obama. Famously, Jobs had told Obama "those jobs aren't coming back," in reference to building iOS devices in the United States. But according to a new report, Apple supplier Foxconn may open new facilities state-side.
Between labor unrest and the media spotlight on poor working conditions at its plants, Apple manufacturer Foxconn can't seem to get a break -- but it seems the biggest challenge is just making the iPhone at all.
If you're reading this site, or if you're just a tech enthusiast, you're well aware of one thing: Apple is terrible at keeping a secret. Honestly, the company keeps things under wraps with all the tact of a junior-high schooler. But according to some Apple employees, the supply chain holds every bit of the blame.
According to worker watchdog group, China Labor Watch, thousands of Chinese workers at a Foxconn plant have gone on strike. The labor dispute arrives on the heels of recent riots and other reports of unrest within Apple's iPhone 5 manufacturing supplier.
Despite the grumblings of analysts, Apple's iPhone 5 launch was an unqualified success, and it's not over yet -- the handset will arrive in another batch of countries around the world this Friday, even while Cupertino struggles to keep up with demand here in the U.S. If you haven't been able to get your hands on one quite yet, read on to find out how to get one as early as tomorrow -- and why the Verizon model might be the best choice for world travelers.
Imagine you're a student, attending classes and working towards the requirements of your law or medical degree. Then one day, you're told to get on a bus and report to the local factory to build iPhones. Sure, it sounds pretty crazy, but that's apparently what happened to thousands of young people in Jiangsu Province, China; the site of notorious Apple supplier, Foxconn.
Over the past few months, Apple fans have spent plenty of time poring over allegedly leaked photos of iPhone 5 components. We've seen the longer body, the aluminum back, the NFC chip that may have been a total hoax. Regardless, Apple's September 12 event is only a week away now. But impending "official" announcements be damned, someone has posted what looks like a legitimate video of the new iPhone booting up.
The plight of workers at Chinese mega-factory Foxconn has haunted Apple -- and other electronics giants -- for quite some time now. Stories of employees leaping from the roof of the facility, allegedly in response to poor working conditions, are an ugly blemish on Cupertino's otherwise friendly image of Genius Bars and worker-centric office space. According to one analyst, Apple may have attempted to address the issue by subsidizing pay boosts at its Chinese manufacturing partner.
It's been awhile since we've heard this one, but a report this week is dragging out new details about Amazon's ambitions to release a smartphone of its own to follow up the company's Kindle Fire success.