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A little less than a week before it’s supposed to be unveiled to the public, the iPhone 5C is attracting attention from human rights groups for possible labour violations. While it feels like deja vu after the many Foxconn scandals, there’s an important difference this time. The factory is American-owned.
A report from New York-based China Labor Watch has raised concerns over a new wave of worker abuse among Apple suppliers. While Cook and co attempt to shift some of their manufacturing load from Foxconn — which has drawn its own share of criticism for worker abuse — it seems it can’t leave behind poor working conditions, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Some swear by Synaptics’ trackpads, while others love the little rubber nub on Lenovo’s Thinkpads. When you have a flat surface though, nothing beats an actual mouse when wielding the pointer on your notebook. It’d be nice if said mouse folded seamlessly into your mobile PC, which is precisely what Foxconn wants to do, going by its new patent.
Earlier this week, Foxconn owned up to using underage workers in one of its factories. That’s made Nintendo — whose Wii U is also assembled at Foxconn — suspicious, so it’s launching its own investigation into the Chinese manufacturer’s labour practices.
Apple touted the fit, finish, and technical wizardry required to produce the iPhone 5. Apparently that wasn’t just marketing fluff. According to an unnamed Foxconn exec who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, it really is a pain in the arse to manufacture.
Just a week after riots broke out at Foxconn over working conditions at the Chinese plant that manufactures Apple’s iPhone 5, the company is mixed up in another labour imbroglio. This time, it’s over the admitted use of child labour. But sheath thy pichforks because Foxconn’s not entirely to blame.