Foxconn: making the iPhone 5 is a nightmare

Foxconn: making the iPhone 5 is a nightmareTaiwan-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.”

There have been reports of iPhone 5s arriving with scratches out of the box, however just last week, we heard that quality control will be going up, even if it means productivity going down.

“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.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 18, 2012 at 14:54

Next week: Ronald McDonald on "How hot is just hot enough for a burger" via WSJ

Pondlife  Oct. 18, 2012 at 16:28

Cooler than their napalm apple pies..


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