You know that company that builds all your electronics? The one that makes your iPhone and your Xbox and your Kindle and has to install anti-suicide nets to deter miserable workers from ending their lives? It’s a company known to Americans as Foxconn, and it’s the 10th largest employer in the world.
Foxconn is said to be gearing up to produce sapphire glass—the tough screen covering many were expecting to see in the iPhone 6—in a newly purchased plant.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticized factories.
Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn was accused of labor violations with the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPad, Nintendo Wii U and just in general. Now, add Sony's PlayStation 4 to the list, with a new report claiming that university interns are staffing overtime and night shifts for credits required to graduate.
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 labor 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.
Foxconn has become Microsoft's biggest single patent licensee. While that might not be surprising—the Taiwanese manufacturer produces an amazing 40 percent of the world's consumer electronic devices—the fact that the patents are over Android might be.
Working conditions at Foxconn plants are well known to just about everyone at this point. And while executives have been paying lip service to improvements for years, it seems that things are finally looking up. But the improved conditions come at a cost.
So many things are made in China: DVD players, handbags, adorable shoes, kitchen gadgets, watches, t-shirts, laptops, and more. Some of them are made in happy, shiny factories. Some are born out of deplorable labor conditions that ruin and cost lives. We usually don't know which.
Just a week after riots broke out at Foxconn over working conditions at the Chinese plant that manufactures Apple's glorious new iPhone 5, the company is mixed up in another labor imbroglio. This time, it's over the admitted use of child labor. But sheath thy pichforks because Foxconn's not entirely to blame.
Yesterday, reports came in that around 4,000 over-worked and under-paid Foxconn employees began to strike, potentially hitching up iPhone 5 production, the stresses of which had pushed them to the breaking point. According Foxconn, however, everything at the plant in question is just peachy.
When you hold the iPhone 5 it feels, frankly, unreal. It's lighter than it has any business being, it's thinner, it's smoother. Regardless of how you feel about Apple, its latest phone seems too good to be true.
Foxconn has had to close down a factory in Taiyuan, China, which employs 79,000 people after a massive brawl broke out amongst 2,000 of its workers. Bloomberg is reporting that the fight left 40 people hospitalized and some employees arrested.