iPhone 5 delays caused by difficult manufacturing process

Macworld Australia Staff
18 October, 2012
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Apple’s new smartphone, the iPhone 5, is the “most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled” according to a Foxconn official who attributed scratched devices and manufacturing delays to an ongoing learning process.

Taiwanese-owned Foxconn has had a long relationship with Apple, manufacturing a number of Apple devices in factories across China, including the iPad. However, the company is finding the iPhone 5 difficult to mass-produce due to its design.

“To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated,” a Foxconn official told The Wall Street Journal. “It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.”

Delays to the device have come on the back of increased quality checks before shipping in response to reports of the iPhone’s new anodised aluminium casing arriving scratched.

“It’s always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs,” said the official.

The manufacturer has had a tumultuous period with a history of reports documenting underage workers, poor labour conditions – true and false– and employee unrest at a number of its factories.



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