Foxconn Executive Speaks to Difficulty of iPhone 5 Assembly

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following word that increased quality control standards for the iPhone 5 assembly process have slowed Foxconn's production and increased stress on workers, The Wall Street Journal shares comments from an unnamed Foxconn executive explaining the difficulty in assembling the device.
    The executive also addressed the scratching issues that have reportedly been the cause of the increased quality control standards, noting that it is "always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs."

    Completed teardown of iPhone 5 (Source: iFixit)
    The executive also acknowledged tensions between production line staff and quality control inspectors, but declined to offer additional information on the situation that was initially reported as a strike by several thousand workers but later denied by Foxconn.

    Article Link: Foxconn Executive Speaks to Difficulty of iPhone 5 Assembly
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I hope my iPhone 5 doesn't have issues down the road since I bought early. At least I have AppleCare+
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    So this is why it's not made in the USA! WOW!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    Having inexperienced 14 year old kids on the assembly lines doesn't help either.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Did you see this when you visited the factory yourself ??
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    If it didn't help, they wouldn't have them.

    I'm sure they fulfill their role, wherever in the assembly line they may work.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    While Foxconn shouldn't have been doing this - it wasn't at a factory that did Apple product assembly (Foxconn makes stuff for many companies, Microsoft etc.).
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Plastic Film

    Other manufacturers put a plastic film as protection during manufacturing, usually the first thing you peal of your electronics when you get them.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    I'm waiting a few more months befor commitig cash for the new iPhone. Let them work out the effing kinks before laying out your hard earned cash.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008

    “It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.”

    I guess the first iPhone 5 assembled are not good then...
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    Why would he have to visit the factory? Foxconn has recently confirmed themselves that they have underage workers.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2010

    Steve Jobs phoned HP when he was 13, asking to have the chance to work at HP during summer time. That was his beginning in the industry

    BUT, if that happens in China, then we are exploting them...
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    If factories in the USA made these things production would be highly automated, the only reason they use mostly manual processes in China is because labour is dirt cheap.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    This is the exact reason I'm waiting too, and the exact reason the genius at my local apple store is waiting. I'll grab one mid November early December..
  15. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2010
    While I do not condone child labour, the conditions at factories are at least humane. There is opportunity. Not every country is as fortunate as many of us; sitting where we are. Developing nations are developing.

    While we sit on our high horse of justice, fail to see the true effects of our demands. What if that 14 year old's family couldn't afford an education. The problem stems much deeper than a simple employer-employee relationship.
    What if, just what if, the 14 year old child that you indirectly-fired by your out cries has now cost that family there whole income. Mum is sick and dad has left her before she could even walk.

    Before I get insulted and attacked, please just watch this talk from TED:

    Please focus your efforts on real problems, not those brought to the surface by front page coverage on newspapers.
  16. macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I live in México and there are 14-year old kids working in the tortilla factory next door. Call the cops! And boycott their tortillas!
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Yeah that's not at all accurate. The iPhone's precision and size doesn't allow for automated assembly. If they could make them with machines they would. Apple would be much happier not worrying about labor standards, strikes, and the bad press it gets from its human assembly force.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2009
    Is it just me, or does that headline make no sense whatsoever?

    Surely it should be:

    Foxconn Executive Speaks About Difficulty of iPhone 5 Assembly
  19. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Because the mighty Apple could never do wrong!
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2005
    London, UK
    It's the increasing creep of 'speaking to' something instead of speaking 'of' or 'about' something. It drives me nuts.

    See also: 'Reaching out to' instead of 'contacting'.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2009
    Junction of the Pacific, Juan de Fuca & NA Plates
    Based on this quote from another statement I read elsewhere, it seems that rather than change the coating or anodization process (or whatever else would make it more scratch resistant), they'll simply be stepping up efforts to check for damage coming off the line. So consumers are left to deal with the susceptibility on their own. Thanks Apple. Why not just fix the susceptibility so we don't have to worry about it?

  23. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    False attribution--fabricated article??

    The article is simply rumor-mongering by another (at one time respectable) Rupert Murdoch tabloid. It conflates statements to make it appear that both Apple and Hon Hai said things they never, in fact, said. An unnamed source never speaks for a company. Never. Further, WSJ ran essentially the same tabloid quality "supply shortages, difficult to make" piece about an iPhone5 over a year ago. That's right, in 2011.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Does to imply that the early iPhone 5 owners are guinea pigs to check the quality of the phone ? I too have started to believe that the S cycle is one worth upgrading.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Uh, they can and do automate many things more precise than an iphone.

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