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New Foxconn robots too imprecise for Apple products, report claims

12/05, 11:54am

Significant use may take years

Foxconn's new assembly robots are proving too imprecise to manufacture Apple products, claims Chinese site Jiemian. First-generation robots have been assigned tasks involving larger components and tightening screws. The robots are said to have an accuracy of 0.05mm, however, this is not up to the 0.02mm threshold demanded for Apple hardware.

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iPhone 5c production to halt in mid-2015, report says

11/26, 10:40am

Device sits at bottom of iPhone hierarchy

Two Apple suppliers, Foxconn and Wistron, will stop their production of the iPhone 5c by the middle of 2015, according to an unsubstantiated claim in Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. The 5c was originally launched in 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, and like its sibling, made available in several different models. It has since become the lowest-end iPhone however, and is currently relegated to an 8GB model free on contract, or $450 unlocked.

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Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to supply displays

11/20, 12:38pm

Exclusive client believed to be Apple

Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive but unnamed client, says Innolux PR representative Sophia Cheng. The statement was in reference to comments made by Innolux President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure or demand such secrecy.

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Foxconn looking to build $5.7B factory to win iPhone display orders

10/23, 11:41am

Factory will require government investment

Apple's chief assembly partner, Foxconn, is hoping to gain orders for iPhone displays by building a new factory in Zhengzhou, China, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The company is allegedly in talks with Zhengzhou's government about getting financial help for the factory, which could cost up to 35 billion yuan, or about $5.7 billion. One of the topics under discussion is how much money local government would have to invest in the project.

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Tim Cook posts photo from latest China visit

10/22, 10:10pm

CEO as already met with Vice Premier Ma Kai over China iCloud attacks

Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted a picture from his latest trip to China on Twitter, showing him sharing a laugh with a factory worker named Zhang Fan, who helps assemble the iPhone 6 at a factory in Zhengzhou. While Foxconn's factories manufacture equipment for a wide variety of technology firms including Google, Microsoft and others, Cook is the only CEO to routinely visit the facilities and personally investigate conditions and safety at the plants. He called the meeting with Zhang "an early highlight" of the trip.

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Alleged 12.9-inch iPad production likely coming in 2015, says WSJ

10/09, 9:33am

Suppliers prioritizing iPhone 6, 6 Plus demand

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro', but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger-screen iPad now."

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Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with iPhone 6 production

09/30, 1:03pm

Assembly line work no longer as attractive

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce.

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Foxconn workers in Brazil strike over pay, lack of career structure

09/17, 1:31pm

Strike started on September 11th, salaries unchanged since 2012

Workers at a Foxconn factory in Brazil are on strike, potentially affecting shipments of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The strike, by 3,700 workers at the largest factory under Foxconn control in South America, originally started on September 11 and is still underway, and it appears the worker-led disruption will continue for some time.

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Foxconn operating 'around the clock' trying to meet iPhone 6 demand

09/17, 9:23am

6 Plus production still low, ramping up, source says

Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone -- has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou, China operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is handling the majority of iPhone 6 units, it's the exclusive manufacturer of the 6 Plus.

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Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing iPhone 6 shells

09/16, 12:32pm

Police largely silent during pre-announcement era

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.

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Purported Foxconn images confirm iPhone 6 lens protrusion, case info

08/22, 9:18am

Reports, if accurate, shed light on earlier reports of thin device

A French Apple enthusiast site has published some photos from a screen, alleging that they come from Foxconn, detailing construction details and dimensions of Apple's new iPhone line. The screenshots, dating in some cases back to February, confirm the raised camera lens detail demonstrated in leaks a few days ago.

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Pegatron taking half of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 production, rumors say

08/14, 9:33am

Foxconn, Pegatron may ship 50 million units by end of 2014

Pegatron has won half of Apple's orders for production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. The remainder are expected to go to Foxconn, Apple's primary assembly partner. Together the two manufacturers are forecast to churn out 50 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.

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Sources claim iPhone 6 in last phase before mass production

08/13, 9:28am

Glitches may have caused delays

The iPhone 6 is currently in a final product validation phase before it begins mass production, Chinese media sources say. Apple is specifically said to be working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility in churning out small quantities, with the goal of making sure quality control is up to par. Some reports had indicated that the iPhone 6 was already in production, but it may be that rumors of delays were accurate.

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WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6' units for fall launch

07/21, 9:40pm

Compares to 50-60 million units ordered for iPhone 5s/5c launch last year

A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year.

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Rumor: iPhone 6 production to start this week, claims paper

07/17, 10:58pm

Foxconn confirms massive hiring spree for production ramp-up

Taiwain's Economic Daily News, which has been on a spree of sometimes-dubious claims about the forthcoming new iPhone and possible additional models, is now reporting that Apple's alleged 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" model will begin production next week, with the supposed 5.5-inch model starting production in the second week of August for a later launch date. Foxconn has inadvertently supported the report by confirming plans to hire 100,000 new workers.

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New Foxconn robots to serve in supporting role, report says

07/09, 10:22am

May minimize job losses

Foxconn's upcoming robot deployment on Apple-based production lines will only be in a supportive role, leaving human jobs mostly intact, claims Taiwan's United Daily News. Sources say that the robots will help in tasks like locking down screws and polishing parts, leaving the most essential tasks -- namely assembly and quality control -- to people. The sources add that the robots will first be used at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, where flagship iPhones are built.

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Foxconn could begin robotic production in time for iPhone 6

07/07, 10:33am

Apple-based assembly lines getting first crack at automation

Foxconn is in the final stages of testing new assembly robots, and could deploy them at one or more major factories in the near future, reports say. During the initial deployment phase, Foxconn is expected to use 10,000 robots to replace human workers, with Apple product lines being the top priority. While there's no exact date for when the robots will be installed, they could be ready in time to help with iPhone 6 production.

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Catcher briefly out for iPhone 6 casings; Jabil, Foxconn filling in

06/24, 10:02am

Defects delay Catcher's entry into device's supply chain

Apple has at least temporarily rejected Catcher as a source for 4.7-inch iPhone 6 casings, says China's Economic Daily News. In testing, Apple is said to have discovered defects in the areas connecting metal and plastic parts in sample casings, caused by Catcher's anodizing methods. In the short-term orders have been placed with Jabil and Foxconn instead; it may take Catcher up to two to three months to fix the glitches.

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Foxconn to recruit over 100,000 to help build new iPhone

06/23, 9:21am

Pegatron also boosting workforce

Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is preparing to hire some 100,000 people in mainland China to help manufacture new iPhones, says Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The effort is described as the company's largest-ever Chinese hiring spree. Another major Apple supplier, Pegatron, is meanwhile said to be boosting labor at a mainland factory by 30 percent for the sake of iPhone production. Foxconn is expected to handle 70 percent of orders, while Pegatron will deal with the remainder.

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Foxconn looking to tap Sharp tech for iPhone, iPad displays

06/16, 10:06am

Could make Sharp more integral to Apple supply chain

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is in talks to use Sharp technology to help build iPhone and iPad displays, says Taiwanese publication the United Daily News. Sharp is one of several companies already involved in producing displays for Apple products; if Foxconn itself can build displays, though, it could reduce supply bottlenecks, streamline development, and/or reduce Apple's dependence on other panel suppliers, which include LG Display, Japan Display, and Samsung.

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New rumors put 4.7-inch iPhone production in July, 5.5-inch in August

05/27, 12:43pm

5.5-inch device still missing from most leaks

Foxconn will handle about 70 percent of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 production in 2015, and is expected to start shipping units to Apple as soon as July of this year, claims Digitimes. The site adds that Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone will enter production a month later. In April, a similar report suggested that the 5.5-inch model would only start manufacturing in September.

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Foxconn plans $390M stake acquisition of Taiwanese 4G phone network

05/27, 8:03am

Merger between Asia Pacific Telecom, Foxconn subsidiary expected in June

Foxconn is looking to acquire a large stake in Taiwan-based Asia Pacific Telecom, in order to have a greater influence on the country's 4G cellular phone services. The deal, said to be worth T$11.6 billion ($390 million), will be a precursor to a merger, where the telecoms company would join up with a Foxconn subsidiary, which could complete as early as this June.

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Foxconn shutters Vietnamese production in response to violence

05/16, 10:51am

Anti-Chinese sentiment impacts Taiwanese firm

Prominent Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has been forced to shut down its production in Vietnam for three days due to anti-Chinese protests in the country, says the Financial Times. China recently began drilling for oil near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, a region claimed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan alike. Confrontations between Chinese and Vietnamese boats has led to hostility between the two countries' governments, and anti-Chinese violence by some in the Vietnamese public. 21 people have been killed so far, and protesters have ransacked factories near Ho Chi Minh City thought to be linked to China, regardless of whether they actually are.

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Photos show alleged schematics, molds for iPhone 6 [u]

04/14, 10:38am

Existence of molds suggests Foxconn almost ready to go into production

(Updated with Nowhereelse mold photo) Photos posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo show what appear to be schematics and case molds for a next-generation iPhone. The schematics indicate a design roughly consistent with current iPhones, including touches like chamfered edges and thin bezels. It's difficult to determine size, but one obvious difference is the phone's depth, which is even thinner than the iPhone 5s.

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Photos show alleged test unit for next-gen iPhone

03/31, 12:45pm

Details include larger chassis, protruding lens section

New photos posted on Chinese site Weibo may show a test unit for the iPhone 6. The images are said to have been leaked from Apple's primary manufacturer, Foxconn, but no other details are available. They are however consistent with recent rumors calling for a thin, iPad mini-like chassis paired with a much larger display. A lens ring appears to protrude from the test unit's camera, much like the Nexus 5 and other phones that have advanced optics such as image stabilization.

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Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad sales

03/28, 1:07pm

Bulk of manufacturer's revenue tethered to Apple

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income.

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Apple Supplier Responsibility report claims work on conflict minerals

02/13, 9:13am

Company specifically worried about Congo

Apple has published its eighth Supplier Responsibility report, based on data including 451 audits of its suppliers. The company claims a 95 percent compliance with the maximum 60-hour work week in its Supplier Code, a slightly improvement from 92 percent a year ago. Notably, Apple says it is now keeping a closer watch on where suppliers pull minerals from, in a bid to avoid "conflict" minerals -- minerals from regions where their sale may be used to fund ongoing wars. In particular, the Apple is focused on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Foxconn tests prototypes for sapphire-covered iPhones

01/24, 3:30pm

May add to complexity of iPhone manufacturing

Foxconn recently finished assembling at least 100 prototype iPhones with sapphire-covered displays, says Taiwanese publication Apple Daily. The phones were built as part of a testing effort, and are said to have been assembled at a factory in the Longhua district of Shenzhen, China. Success has two-fold significance, because sapphire adds to the complexity of manufacturing, and it suggests that Apple will indeed use the material for future displays, replacing Corning's Gorilla Glass.

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Foxconn executives arrested for kickbacks from iPhone suppliers

01/22, 2:47pm

Dozen or more suspects taken into custody

At leas a dozen current and former senior managers at Foxconn have been arrested for accepting bribes from iPhone parts suppliers, according to Tencent. The scheme is alleged to have originated with the company's retired senior VP, Liao Wancheng (pictured). Suppliers were made to pay 2.5 percent of their sales in kickbacks, as well as additional bribes for each new order. The people receiving the cash are said to have reaped "hundreds of millions" in Taiwanese dollars.

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Foxconn ships 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile

01/14, 9:43am

Apple, China Mobile may be anticipating high demand

China Mobile has taken in a shipment of approximately 1.4 million iPhone 5s units from Foxconn, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Mobile is set to launch its own iPhone sales on Friday, after years of losing sales to China Unicom and China Telecom. One Journal source comments that shipping over a million units to a single carrier in a month is "substantial," but at the same time notes that he/she has no information about demand beyond this month. Allegedly, Apple hasn't notified Foxconn about its goal for the next shipment.

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Rumor has Apple launching 4.7- and 5.7-inch iPhones in 2014

01/03, 12:20pm

Reports still conflicting on possible sizes

Later this year, Apple is planning to release iPhones with displays measuring 4.7 and 5.7 inches, according to Chinese site C Technology. The information is alleged to come from anonymous Foxconn executives. It's expected that both phones will come with biometric features, such as the Touch ID sensor already in the iPhone 5s.

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BlackBerry endures $4.4B loss in third quarter, partners with Foxconn

12/20, 11:07am

Over half of BlackBerry loss stems from asset writedowns

BlackBerry has suffered a loss of $4.4 billion for the third quarter, worse than the $965 million lost in the previous quarter and the $114 million lost in Q3 2012, the company has revealed. At the same time as the tremendous loss, the company revealed it has signed a new five-year partnership with Foxconn to create new BlackBerry devices.

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Labor group praises Foxconn for improving working conditions

12/12, 1:31pm

Excessive overtime remains unresolved

A report issued by the advocacy group Fair Labor Association has praised Foxconn for continuing to improve working conditions. An audit reportedly found that three of Foxconn's factories in Longhua, Chengdu and Guanlan, each tasked with assembling iPhones and other Apple devices, have satisfied nearly all of the goals that were outlined last year in a reform plan.

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Apple partner Foxconn starts fund to invest in wearable tech

12/11, 5:32pm

Foxconn putting $6.8 million into wearable tech

Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai, assembler of Apple's iPhones and iPads – is looking to capitalize on the anticipated boom in wearable tech by starting an investment fund to finance nascent companies working in the segment. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg this week that Syntrend Creative Park Co., a Foxconn unit, will administer the NT$200 million ($6.8 million) fund aimed at giving the firm a hand in the development of wearable devices in the vein of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Google Glass eyewear computer, and the suspected Apple iWatch. The move is the latest by Foxconn to diversify its operations to handle more things than the construction of iOS devices for its most lucrative partner.

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Better iPhone 5s supplies linked to 'around the clock' Foxconn work

11/27, 9:07am

Supplier adds more workers to assembly lines

The recent uptick in iPhone 5s supplies is connected to "around the clock" production at Foxconn, and more people being brought onto assembly lines, says the Wall Street Journal. At the supplier's Zhengzhou facilities, 100 lines are said to be operating at all hours for the 5s, with about 600 people per line. "We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5ss everyday, the highest daily output ever," an anonymous Foxconn executive is quoted as saying.

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Foxconn to invest $40M in Pennsylvania connected to new factory

11/22, 12:57pm

$10 million of sum going toward research at Carnegie Mellon

Apple's main supplier, Foxconn, is planning to spend $40 million in Pennsylvania connected to a new factory, says Bloomberg. $30 million of that is going toward the factory itself, which will be based in Harrisburg and produce telecommunications equipment and Internet servers. The remaining $10 million will go toward research and development at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.

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Foxconn allegedly shutting down iPhone 5c output at Zhengzhou plant

11/18, 10:28am

May be supported by recent claims of production scaling

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is halting production of the iPhone 5c at its Zhengzhou factory and shifting the labor towards the iPhone 5s, sources tell Digitimes. While Digitimes has a mixed track record, the claim is consistent with recent reports of cutbacks in 5c production. Foxconn in particular is said to be churning out just 8,000 to 9,000 units a day; the core 5c manufacturer, Pegatron, has allegedly scaled back from 320,000 phones per day in October to just 80,000.

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Suppliers drastically cutting back on iPhone 5c production

11/15, 12:49pm

iPhone 5s holds wide lead in popularity

Apple suppliers are cutting back still further on iPhone 5c production, a Chinese report says. Primary assembly partner ProTek -- better known under its parent name, Pegatron -- has slashed production from 320,000 units per day in October to only 80,000. Foxconn is said to be manufacturing units at a minimal level, only 8,000 to 9,000 per day. That company is, however, more focused on the iPhone 5s and other top-priority Apple products.

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Apple adding more manufacturers for iPad mini and iPhone 5c assembly

11/06, 12:48pm

Foxconn, Apple said to be at loggerheads

Apple is planning to add two Taiwanese firms, Wistron and Compal, to its list of manufacturing partners, says the Wall Street Journal. The company currently depends mostly on Foxconn and Pegatron. Wistron is expected to take on iPhone 5c production, whereas Compal will help build the iPad mini. Foxconn will reportedly continue to focus on the iPhone 5s, though it's known to handle a range of Apple products.

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New oversized iPad could debut in early 2014, report claims

11/05, 12:18pm

March release would be out-of-cycle

Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturing partner, is currently testing a larger iPad expected to launch next spring, possibly in March, a Chinese report claims. The device is said to be in a late phase of testing, and with a screen due to measure either 11.4 or 12.9 inches. Apple's current flagship, the Air, uses the same 9.7-inch size employed since the first-generation iPad.

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WSJ: Apple cutting iPhone 5c, increasing iPhone 5s production

10/16, 7:59am

Report cites executives at suppliers for decrease, increase in manufacturing

Apple is cutting the production of the iPhone 5c after it experienced low demand than the company expected, according to the Wall Street Journal. Echoing similar reports from last week, it is claimed that suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron have been requested by Apple to decrease iPhone 5c production by 20 percent and 30 percent respectively.

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Brazilian telecoms agency approves iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c

10/10, 9:56am

Models for sale to be manufactured locally

Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency -- also known as Anatel -- has granted regulatory approval for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, reports say. The agency states that the iPhones to be sold will be built at Foxconn's Jundia factory, near So Paulo. Documents also show that they will run on Brazil's native LTE frequency, 2600MHz; previous iPhones and iPads available in Brazil have only operated in the 700MHz band.

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Citigroup fined $30 million for 2012 leak of iPhone manufacturing info

10/03, 6:49pm

Foxconn probed for component orders, insider trading spawned by report

Citigroup has agreed to a settlement with Apple, where it will pay the Cupertino manufacturer a $30 million fine after Citigroup analyst Kevin Chang improperly distributed confidential research about an Apple supplier. The unpublished research detailed Hon Hai Precision Industry's iPhone 4, 4S and 5 component orders to Citadel, GLG Partners, SAC, and T. Rowe Price. Citigroup's research included incorrect information about iPhone orders in the first quarter of 2013, which induced SAC, Citadel, and T. Rowe Price to sell a large quantity of Apple stock, depressing the price.

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Sources: Apple prepping iPhone shipments to China Mobile

09/06, 4:44pm

Marks an end to long-running negotiations

Apple is getting ready to deliver iPhones to China Mobile, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The paper notes that while it isn't clear if the two businesses have signed a formal sales agreement, the impending delivery of phones would mean that some sort of deal has been arranged. One source elaborates that Apple has asked its main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, to add China Mobile to the list of carriers that will be getting the low-cost iPhone, better known as the iPhone 5C. When Mobile might be getting the 5C is uncertain.

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WSJ backs claims of two iPhone models coming in September

08/19, 3:48pm

Foxconn to start delivering units early in the month

Apple has asked is main manufacturing partner, Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- to start shipping new high-end and low-end iPhone models early next month, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. Suppliers are said to have started parts production back in June. The sources don't have many details about the low-end phone, but do remark that the flagship device will have a metal casing and the same size and resolution as the iPhone 5.

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Apple allegedly talking with Corning, Foxconn, G-Tech about TV set

08/16, 3:25pm

Product would allegedly ship in first half of 2014

Officials from Apple met with peers at Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics in the US about two weeks ago to talk about the production of a TV set, according to sources for Taiwan's Economic Daily News. Foxconn is reportedly asking Corning to share some data about Gorilla Glass with G-Tech, so that the latter can do surface treatments needed to produce the set. G-Tech is relatively unknown in the West, but was once rumored to be behind the anti-reflection glass for the 2012 iMac.

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iPhone sales help boost Hon Hai/Foxconn Q2 profits 41 percent

08/13, 3:45pm

Apple products account for over 40 percent of revenue

Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, posted a 41 percent year-over-year increase in net profits during its second quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Net profits for Q2 2013 were NT$16.98 billion, or about $566.7 million US. In the same quarter of 2012, profits were NT$12.06 billion. The average forecast for this year had been NT$16.32 billion.

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Foxconn, UniMicron accused of polluting Chinese rivers

08/05, 12:05pm

Suppliers dumping contaminated water, groups charge

Foxconn and UniMicron -- two key suppliers to Apple and other high-tech companies -- are being investigated by Chinese authorities over complaints of local rivers being polluted with heavy metals. The issue was brought to the attention of the Chinese government late last week, after allegations were made public by environmental activist Ma Jun and a group of five non-profit organizations. In particular the allegations deal with the town of Kunshan, roughly 40 miles west of Shanghai, where residents say pollution has been worsening over the past decade.

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Rumor of Foxconn hiring spurs speculation on next iPhone

07/10, 2:15am

Report refers to 'iPhone 6' but may be hinting at 'lite' model

China Business News is reporting that recruiters in Zhengzhou in the Henan province of China have begun a "large-scale" drive for new workers, suggesting that Foxconn is beginning the ramp-up for both Apple's next round of new iOS models as well as preparing for what is likely to be another record holiday season for the Cupertino giant. The Foxconn facility there has capacity for another 90,000 workers before it hits the 300,000-worker peak seen during the 2012 holiday rush, where Apple found itself scrambling to make the then-new iPhone 5 and iPad models fast enough to meet demand.

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Foxconn demos self-made smartwatch with health, notification features

06/27, 1:57pm

Manufacturer may be beating Apple to the punch

Hon Hai -- better known under its Foxconn brand -- has demonstrated a first-party smartwatch, reports say. The device can connect wirelessly to an iPhone, and display notifications for incoming phone calls and Facebook posts. Like some other smartwatches, it can monitor health signs like heartbeat and respiration, but with the bonus of tips on getting fitness up to par.

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