Electric Imp, which is inside many connected devices from Quirky’s products to fun Budweiser promotional gear, has raised $15 million to tackle the industrial internet as well.
A Chinese tabloid has accused a university of sending its students to “internships” on the Foxconn factory line, and getting compensation for it.
Pegatron is already an Apple partner — it made some iPhones and the iPad mini — but is set to take on a larger role, according to the WSJ. Apple will reportedly be “dividing its weight more equally” among it and Foxconn
Foxconn isn’t looking for ways to reduce its dependence on Apple; it’s really looking for ways to rely less on the iPhone.
Bloomberg says the hiring began in mid-March at a Zhengzhou factory for work on a new Apple device as well as older model iPhones. The Journal says Foxconn has been hiring 10,000 new workers every week since then.
Hon Hai Precision Co. is the parent company of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner. On Wednesday it reported it saw a 19 percent drop in its sales for the first quarter of 2013.
The FT says Apple’s manufacturing partner isn’t hiring any more workers for a month because of lowered iPhone 5 demand. But Bloomberg got a spokesman to offer a different explanation.
Foxconn is having trouble assembling the iPhone 5 — still. If it’s so complicated that what Apple considers the best contract manufacturer on the planet can’t figure out a way to produce it that keeps up with demand, it’s worth wondering if perhaps Apple designers overreached.
China Labor Watch, an independent group monitoring working conditions in factories in China, said that “multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings” came to a halt at the Zhengzhou factory when quality control inspectors stopped working.
Factory shutdowns due to worker protest are becoming more common in China. Such an event could pose a serious risk for Apple should these kinds of riots or protests hit a factory producing critical parts for an iPhone 5 or the next iPad.
After debunking Mike Daisey’s lies about the working conditions and policies at Apple’s most important contract manufacturer, Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz was allowed rare access to a Foxconn factory floor in China. He took video of how an iPad is built.
Though Foxconn has agreed to bring its working hours policies into line with Chinese law after a high-profile audit, not all of its workers are cheering the news. Some employees say Foxconn’s pledge to reduce hours will reduce their pay, and they’re not happy about it.
The Fair Labor Association listed excessive overtime, proper compensation, health and safety risks and communication problems as problems uncovered at three Chinese factories that make Apple products. Foxconn has now agreed to build more housing for employees and reduce working hours and overtime.
Hoping to attract the attention of Apple fans more interested in how their iPad is made than whether the Retina display is worth the upgrade or not, another coordinated, multi-store protest against working conditions in Apple’s third-party manufacturers’ factories is planned for Friday’s iPad launch.
Two former iPhone factory workers in China, who were critically injured at Apple supplier Wintek’s plant in 2009, are looking to take advantage of Apple’s yearly meeting on Thursday to attract further attention to the conditions at factories where Apple’s most important products are assembled.
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Representatives from Change.org and SumOfUs.org will deliver petitions to Apple stores in several major cities Thursday with the names of 250,000 people who want the iPhone maker to develop “a worker protection strategy” covering the people who build its devices in China.
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