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iPhone Plant Sees Another Apparent Suicide

Worker found dead at plant in China this week

(Newser) - A 28-year-old worker at a Chinese plant responsible for making most of the new iPhones was found dead this week, and a nonprofit group is calling it a suicide , reports the Wall Street Journal . It wouldn't be the first time a Foxconn worker has killed himself; there was a... More »

Foxconn Eyes New Plant—in US

Where it will make really big screens

(Newser) - China isn't the manufacturing haven it once was, so the most ( in ) famous tech manufacturer operating within its borders is setting out for new frontiers—including the US of A. "The US is a must-go market," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declared yesterday at the company'... More »

More Foxconn Woes: Huge Fight Breaks Out

Images show men carrying pipes; unconfirmed deaths reported

(Newser) - Foxconn may not be in the news like it once was , but not for lack of woes, it seems. The company revealed that a major fight erupted Thursday at a Foxconn campus in eastern China, and the firm says 11 people were injured. The fighting reportedly started as workers drank... More »

What Drove an Apple Plant Worker to Attempt Suicide

Tian Yu shares her story

(Newser) - It was a morbid and recurring headline in 2010: Another Foxconn Worker Dead in Suicide. Ultimately, 18 workers attempted to take their lives that year, and all but four succeeded. One of those survivors, Tian Yu, has spoken extensively to Jenny Chan, who last month published Yu's story in... More »

Sorry, Foxconn: Apple's Dating Other Manufacturers

Foxconn's getting expensive as it improves labor conditions

(Newser) - Apple isn't exactly breaking up with Foxconn, its longtime controversial manufacturing partner. But after seeing the production glitches that plagued the iPhone 5, it's decided to have an open relationship. Tim Cook has been shifting more and more work from Foxconn to the relatively obscure Pegatron Corp, the... More »

Tick Tock: Apple Working on 'iWatch'

Rumors about wristwatch-like device build up

(Newser) - Coming soon: an iPad you can wear on your wrist? Reports are piling up that Apple is working on what some are calling the "iWatch," a wristwatch that would perform functions similar to the iPhone and iPad. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal first reported... More »

Apple Finds 106 Underage Workers in Factories

Most of the cases were at one plant in China

(Newser) - Apple's own audit of its supply chain turned up 106 underage workers at overseas plants last year, reports the Guardian . Most of the violations—74 of them—occurred at one China facility. The kids were ordered home, and Apple cut ties with the plant, which makes components for circuit... More »

Apple TV Rumors Heat Up

Insiders say the company will make hi-res, big-screen sets

(Newser) - An Apple TV set is getting closer to reality, reports the Wall Street Journal . Execs at some of Apple's suppliers say the company is in the early stages of testing prototypes for hi-res, big-screen TVs. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said the concept of an Apple television is no... More »

Tim Cook: We're Going to Make Macs in America

He doesn't say which Mac line, or where the manufacturing will happen

(Newser) - Looks like Apple is sick of being the face of outsourcing. America's most valuable company is bringing production of one of its Mac lines to the US, CEO Tim Cook says in a pair of interviews out today. "We've been working for years on doing more and... More »

Foxconn: We Hired Underage Interns

Company sends 14- to 16-year-olds back to school

(Newser) - A Foxconn internal investigation found the company employed underage interns for three weeks, the firm tells Bloomberg . An advocacy group yesterday cited a "small number" of summer interns between the ages of 14 and 16. "Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations... More »

Culprit in iPhone Shortage: It Scratches Too Easily

Quality control crackdown slows production at Foxconn

(Newser) - IPhone 5's shortages are due to a quality control crackdown aimed at reducing the number of handsets shipped with scratches, an insider tells Bloomberg . The special aluminum used to make the shell of the phone is lighter and thinner, but also softer and easier to scratch—though officially Apple... More »

Reports: Foxconn Workers Strike Over iPhone Standards

Company in China denies iPhone 5 lines were stopped in dispute

(Newser) - More Foxconn drama: The electronic manufacturer denied today that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said workers halted production lines yesterday. New York-based China Labor Watch reported that 3,000 to 4,000 workers... More »

China Foxconn Plant Shut After Riot Erupts

40 hurt, several arrested in plant melee

(Newser) - A riot erupted yesterday at a Foxconn plant in China, triggering a shutdown of the operation, reports the BBC . Windows were smashed and a guard tower toppled as riot police moved in at the Taiyuan factory, reports NBC . The clash was reportedly triggered when a factory guard struck a worker... More »

Foxconn Finally Improves Conditions

Audit finds progress at electronics giant

(Newser) - Life has become less stressful for the million or so people employed by electronics giant Foxconn, an audit from the Fair Labor Association has found. The company, which suffered a spate of suicides at its plant in southern China, has complied with most of the recommendations made after Apple opened... More »

Amazon Preps iPhone Challenger

Teams up with Foxconn to build smartphone

(Newser) - Amazon is opening up a new front in its battle with Apple and Google. With help from Foxconn, the firm is developing its own smartphone, insiders tell Bloomberg . Alongside the Kindle Fire, the phone would offer a cheaper alternative to yet another popular Apple product, and would also compete with... More »

Another Foxconn Worker Jumps to Death

First suicide since Apple supplier agreed to overhaul conditions

(Newser) - Despite the company's efforts to improve working conditions, another Foxconn suicide has occurred: This time, the Apple supplier says a worker jumped to his death from his apartment. The 23-year-old had just joined the company last month, Reuters reports. Yesterday's suicide is the first since Foxconn and Apple... More »

1K Workers Riot at Foxconn

Conditions still terrible, despite Apple's initiative

(Newser) - Dozens were arrested Monday night after a riot broke out at a dormitory in Foxconn's factory in Chengdu. The trouble started when security guards were called to stop a thief, an opening other workers used to start a scuffle, the Taiwan-based Want China Times reports. Before long, up to... More »

Apple, Foxconn to Overhaul Conditions

Move follows report critical of factory conditions

(Newser) - Apple and Chinese supplier Foxconn promise to boost factory conditions and wages for Foxconn's workers. Apple's announcement follows an independent investigation which found that Foxconn, which builds iPads, iPhones, and more, was breaking labor laws; workers at the company were averaging more than 60 hours per week at... More »

Mike Daisey's Really Sorry —for Real This Time

Performer 'failed to honor the contract with audiences' in Apple exposé

(Newser) - Mike Daisey, the writer/performer at the heart of a controversy over the Apple exposé that proved riddled with what he later termed "theater," is now contrite for his fabrications, reports the LA Times . The man behind the one-man-show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, apologized on... More »

No, Mike Daisey's Apple Lies Were Not OK

David Carr ties retracted story to 'propaganda'

(Newser) - After fabrications emerged in his This American Life story on Apple , Mike Daisey has defended himself by suggesting that his material was theater, not journalism. Host Ira Glass doesn't agree—and neither does David Carr. "Is it OK to lie on the way to telling a greater truth?"... More »

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