Apple's been hard at work ensuring that the working conditions at its Asian suppliers are up to its standards, even to the point of banning a fairly common Asian hiring practice. In other news, the Cupertino company extended two-factor authentication to more services and increased the maximum app file size on the App Store.
BBC One's documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" aired in the UK today, but ahead of the broadcast, the network published a story detailing what it discovered when it investigated the mines in Indonesia and factories in China where Apple's product supplies are made and gathered. Apple released a statement addressing the documentary.
Apple's done a lot (particularly under the tenure of CEO Tim Cook) to bolster its reputation as a "force for good," but an upcoming documentary for BBC One aims to show that it hasn't been enough. The program, entitled "Apple's Broken Promises," features Richard Bilton's Panorama team going undercover in China and Indonesia to learn how workers are treated by Apple's suppliers.
Early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shoppers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their preorders this Friday, but a new report sheds light on how Apple's manufacturing partners are struggling to keep up with the sheer number of devices being sold.
As it has for the last several years, Apple published the results of its annual supplier responsibility for 2013 this week, which puts a specific spotlight on the tantalum used in the manufacturing process.
As we reported Thursday evening, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) has released the findings of their Foxconn audit, resulting in a reduction of working hours at the Apple supplier and cutbacks in overtime. While the news has advocates for workers’ rights busy patting themselves on the back, the workers in China most affected by the decision are more worried than ever.