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Some people take “swiping” a little too seriously. A former senior manager at the Taiwanese corporation Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China. It is estimated that the manager, identified by his family name Tsai, pocketed $50 million TWD ($1.56 million USD) during his escapades. Tsai worked in a testing department in Foxconn factory in the southern mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen. Tsai and his eight accomplices sold thousands of test iPhone 5/iPhone 5s smartphones to stores in Shenzhen between 2013 and 2014. These phones were initially supposed to be scrapped.... Read more...
Apple may be an American company, but the bulk of its products (save for the long-neglected Mac Pro, which is assembled in the United States) are manufactured in China. The relatively low cost of labor, coupled with premium pricing for devices like the iPhone, has allowed Apple to become one of the most profitable companies in the world. However, according to a new report from the Nikkei Asian Review, during the past year, Apple has at least explored the idea of manufacturing the iPhone in the United States. According to a source for the publication, “Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the... Read more...
At times it feels as though Apple can be stubbornly slow in adopting features that other smartphone makers have already implemented, one of which is wireless charging. Many hoped it would be included with the iPhone 7. It was not, though don't lose hope if you're an iPhone fan, there is chatter that wireless charging will be one of the feature upgrades on the iPhone 8.That tidbit comes from an industry source who is supposedly familiar with the matter. According to the unnamed source, Hon Hai Precision (parent firm of Foxconn) is producing wireless modules for what will be the 10th anniversary... Read more...
Apple supplier Foxconn replaced 60,000 human workers with robot workers in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. This makeover was motivated by both rising labor costs and the 2014 explosion in Kunshan that killed 146 people. Although Kunshan is one-seventh the size of neighboring Shanghai, it was the first mainland city in China to achieve $4,000 USD per capita income. Forbes rated Jiangsu as the Chinese county with the best economic performance seven years in a row. At the end of 2014, Kunshan had a population of 2.5 million people, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers. The 2014 explosion and overall reduced... Read more...
Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that builds most of Apple's iPhone devices and other mobile products, is said to have offered around 600 billion yen ($5.1 billion in U.S. currency) to take over Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp., the latter of which has seen better days.Citing a person familiar with the talks, Bloomberg says the struggling electronics maker has until the end of January to respond to the offer. It's the latest attempt by Foxconn, otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision, to take controlling interest in Sharp, efforts of which date back several years.In 2012, Foxconn chairman Terry... Read more...
Foxconn is one of the biggest manufacturers of Apple's iPhone handsets, along with electronic gadgets and gizmos from various other well known companies, and for now, all those devices still require a human element. However,  that might not always be the case as Foxconn dives deeper in robotics. What you may not realize is that Foxconn has been developing robotics technology for over a decade. The company's efforts have mostly flown under the radar, though it gained attention when its Japanese partner SoftBank trotted out a humanoid service robot called Pepper. That was in 2014. Foxconn's... Read more...
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou spoke out at a shareholder’s meeting to set the record straight on comments made at the beginning of the year about robots. It turns out that the era of robot-powered factories isn’t quite as near as the head of Foxconn seemed to imply in February and he’s holding the media responsible for misquoting him. “It should be that in five years, the roots will take over 30 percent of the manpower,” Gou told shareholders this week. Reports earlier in the year indicted that Gou expected 70 percent of assembly line work around 2018, which would likely have had a huge impact on jobs... Read more...
That was fast. Less than a week after Re/code broke so-called news out of China that Nokia was returning to the phone manufacturing fold via its patent licensing division Nokia Technologies, the Finland-based company has issued a statement via their website denying its intent to re-enter the cell phone space in which they for so long ruled. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates... Read more...
Flying high on the success of its iPhone trade-in program in the U.S., Apple is reportedly going to introduce a similar incentive in the China with the help of Foxconn. Beginning March 31, owners of older iPhone models will be able to trade their devices in at Apple Store locations in China and receive credit for the company's products.Apple isn't getting into the used phone business, though Foxconn is more than happy to purchase the traded-in models and flip them back to consumers who might not be interested in or able to afford a shiny new flagship model.As they're accustomed to doing, Apple... Read more...
Terry Gou, Chief Executive Officer at Foxconn, had an ambition goal in mind for 2015: replace one million workers with robots for menial tasks during the assembly of consumer electronic devices, including those sold by companies like Apple. With Foxconn coming under increased scrutiny for labor violations and workers demanding higher wages, replacing workers with robots that don’t require payment or complain about working conditions could be just what the doctor ordered. However, Jiemian, a Chinese financial publication, reports (via G for Games) that not all is going according to plan. While Foxconn... Read more...
One of the rumors leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was that Apple's flagship phones would sport sapphire glass displays, the same material found on its Touch ID sensor and covering the camera lenses. Unfortunately, Apple's relationship with sapphire glass supplier GT Advanced turned sour and the company ultimately filed for bankruptcy, so it wasn't meant to be. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foxconn may emerge as a sapphire glass supplier.Foxconn already handles the bulk of production for Apple's mobile devices, including its iPhone line, leaving little to... Read more...
Is there truly a problem in the design of the iPhone 6 Plus that makes it prone to bending and warping? If you ask that question to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, he'll tell you quite emphatically that not only is the whole "bendgate" thing being blown way out of proportion, but that rival phone makers who stand to gain from Apple's negative publicity are the ones spreading the FUD. "This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don't blindly listen to it," Gou said in a Chinese-language news video posted to YouTube (we're trusting PCWorld's translation on this one). Foxconn has a vested interest... Read more...
Curved displays are a relatively new development in the consumer space. Samsung is super proud of its curved 4K television, and in mobile, both Samsung and LG are showing off curved smartphones, which they say are designed to fit rear pockets. However, not everyone is convinced that this is the future of display design. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is among the critics who don't see a need or reason for curved smartphones. "People are talking about, wow, displays that can transform, but they forget that you have to be able to use these devices," Gou said at Foxconn's shareholder meeting, according to... Read more...
As part of BlackBerry's attempted comeback tour, the Canadian handset maker today officially unveiled its new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition smartphone during a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. As the model name implies, this budget friendly device is being built exclusively for Indonesia, though the other notable thing about the Jakarta Edition is that it's BlackBerry's first handset co-created with Foxconn. Otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn's parent company), you might recognize the name from any of the many other devices it builds, including Apple's iPhone and other gadgets. There's... Read more...
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