Even though Apple's Chinese consumers bask in the luxurious image Apple has built for them, their workers oftentimes live far from the high life. While it isn't that they outright put their workers in danger, it's that Apple is so slow to react when things go wrong.
Chinese factory workers have sent a letter to Steve Jobs and Apple hoping that the company will take notice of the harsh working conditions of factories and apologize to the workers for exposing workers to hexyl hydride, also called n-hexane. Hexyl hydride causes "sweaty hands and feet, sudden numbness in hands,…
Apple released their 2010 update on Supplier Responsibility today. And hey! According to Apple, Apple's doing a great job! But given recent events, should they really have given themselves such high marks?
Wintek, who supplies touchscreen components to Apple for the iPhone and iPod touch, just got "exposed" for "hazardous work conditions." One of the most severe conditions? N-hexane poisoning, which the company illegally used instead of alcohol to clean screens.
About 2,000 of 10,000 workers at a Wintek branch in East China are striking over rumored cancellation of bonuses and use of a dangerous substance in the production of screens—screens used by Apple, Nokia and others.
Continuing their near-monopoly on the reportage of Asian display component rumors, Digitimes is now saying that Nokia has ordered capacitive touchscreens—the type that actually work well—from Wintek for an as-of-yet unannounced handset.
Wintek is supplying touchscreen panels for Apple's upcoming video iPod in time for an August release, according to sources within the Taiwan supply chain. We're taking this "leak" with a heady dose of skepticism, naturally, but the naming of a specific supplier as well as the date—Apple has a healthy history of big…