Taiwan-based Foxconn has made its fair share of headlines over the years, with suicides, explosions, riots, and – more recently – underage interns at its Chinese factories.
Now we have a Foxconn exec telling us – not surprisingly – that assembling the iPhone 5 is a pain in the backside.
Said exec has been speaking to The Wall Street Journal, and wishes to remain anonymous, of course.
The exec says: “The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled.
"To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated. It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.”
“It’s always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs,” adds the executive.
Interestingly, the exec confirms that the recent skirmish at Foxconn Zhengzhou, between employees and quality control peeps, was indeed – at least in part – due to the metal casing on the iPhone 5.