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February 12, 2015

Apple Makes Ethics Improvements to its Supply Chain

Whether in reaction to the BBC’s recent hit piece or not, Apple today released information about ethical changes they’re making to their supply chain. The upshot: they will no longer allow factories to engage in “bonded labor” recruiting, and they’ve dropped four smelters of minerals who refused to submit to sustainability audits.

The details come out of Apple’s Supplier Responsibility 2015 Progress Report, published online today. One of the ways that Apple’s suppliers bring in new workers is to pay third-party recruiting firms – [...]

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December 19, 2014

Ethics Violations in Tech Aren’t Just an Apple Problem [Editorial]

As you’ve probably heard, the BBC is airing a documentary – along with a companion report – regarding poor working conditions at Apple’s Asian suppliers. Apple’s response, among other statements, is that they “are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.”

The issue with all of this comes from the simple fact of using any third-party suppliers, especially ones located in countries with less-than-stellar human rights track records. The reason China is such an important electronics [...]

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November 28, 2014

Apple Said to Plan iPhone 5C Production Shut Down

While it’s not as good as a confirmation from Apple itself, a new report claims that the company will soon stop making new iPhone 5C units by next year. The news comes by way of the Industrial and Commercial Times out of Taiwan (via MacRumors), and follows similar rumors we’ve heard for months since that handset’s debut back in 2013.

According to the report, the wind-down will begin by mid-2015 at Apple’s Foxconn and Wistron suppliers in China. If true, this isn’t much of a surprise, since the iPhone 5C has consistently seen [...]

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September 17, 2014

Manufacturers Struggling Under iPhone 6 Demand

This Friday, Apple fans lucky enough to get their pre-orders in should be receiving their brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. But those record-setting pre-orders have brought a whole host of new challenges, as reports out of China indicate that manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the crazy high demand for Apple’s latest smartphone.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is “operating about 100 production lines around the clock” to make both new models of the iPhone 6. [...]

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August 22, 2014

Report: iPhone 6 Display Issues Forced Production Delays

Apple is expected to reveal the new iPhone 6 this fall, with many outlets reporting that the company has scheduled a press event for September 9 to get it done. A new report, however, casts a bit of doubt on Apple’s ability to keep to that date, apparently due to a supply chain issue that caused some major delays in the production process. Will the iPhone 6 be ready for a 9/9 debut?

According to a post on Reuters, Apple’s quest to make the next iPhone as thin as possible may have gone too far. Apparently Apple wanted to use only [...]

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August 14, 2014

Foxconn & Pegatron Split iPhone 6, May Debut 9/9

The latest scuttlebutt about Apple’s iPhone 6 points to a fall release. Last week, news hit that Apple would hold a press event on September 9, where it’s expected that we’ll finally catch a glimpse of the new handset – while a new report today claims that Apple is looking to ensure a healthy amount of units to be available this fall by splitting the manufacturing duties among two suppliers.

The news of the September 9 event came via Re/code last week, though it should be noted that Apple itself has yet to announce plans for an [...]

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December 20, 2013

BlackBerry CEO Expects Profits by 2016 Despite Massive Sales Slide

As you’ve probably heard by now, the news for BlackBerry over the past several months has not been good. And this morning’s quarterly earnings report—which, according to Engadget’s breakdown, saw a 1.8 million drop in smartphone shipments and the monumental loss of $4.4 billion—made the news for the struggling handset maker worse still. But despite all that, company CEO John Chen is offering bold predictions about being able to make BlackBerry stable by 2015, and profitable by 2016.

According to another post on Engadget, [...]

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November 5, 2013

Rumors Swirl of a Bigger iPad Tested at Foxconn Factories

If you’re an Apple adherent, you’ve probably got the deliriously glorious iPad Air in your hands right now, and you’re tapping away, blissful in the security that you’ve got the newest, jammiest iPad around. But reports out of China point to yet another iPad—a bigger, flashier one—being tested in Foxconn factories right now, estimated for a 2014 release.

Basically, you should just throw your iPad Air in the garbage now.

Okay, I’m kidding, but the report is no joke: a post on Apple Insider points the way back to Chinese [...]

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August 25, 2013

Dozens of iPhone 5Cs photographed undergoing quality control

We’ve certainly seen our fair share of the “budget” iPhone 5C at this point, but never quite like this. According to popular French blog NoWhereElse (and confirmed by some smart detective work by Engadget), that photo you’re looking at above depicts dozens of assembled, working iPhone 5Cs undergoing testing at Foxconn’s quality control labs in China.

To confirm that the photo is indeed legitimate, Engadget found that the true source of the image is none other than Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social [...]

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August 19, 2013

Apple asks Foxconn to ship both iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in September

While we all eagerly await the September 10th unveiling of the next-generation iPhone, today we’re getting a clearer picture of what Apple may have in store for next month’s big event. While AllThingsD was confident that Apple would be announcing the iPhone 5S at the event, The Wall Street Journal is now adding fuel to the fire, suggesting that Apple is also planning on announcing the upcoming “budget” iPhone, known as the iPhone 5C, at the same time as the iPhone 5S.

According to the report, Apple has [...]

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