Hon Hai-owned manufacturing giant Foxconn intends to release a portion of its workforce in favor of 1 million new robot workers according to a new report. Xinhua News Agency said on Friday that Hon Hai chairman and founder Terry Gou confirmed the news, seemingly in callous fashion at an employee dance party. The new robots will be used to perform “simple and routine work” such as part assembly and welding. Foxconn currently employs approximately 1.2 million people and also utilizes 10,000 robots. According to the chairman’s reported comments, the number of robot workers will increase to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years. It is unclear how much of Foxconn’s current workforce will be let go following the introduction of these new robots. Foxconn’s treatment of its workforce has garnered a great amount of attention following a string of employee suicides. More →
Pegatron has been awarded a new contract to build Apple’s next-generation iPad tablets, Taiwan Economic News reports. According to the report, Pegatron underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3, which will become available some time near the Thanksgiving holiday according to an earlier report. Hon Hai, owner of infamous Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, manufactures Apple’s current-generation iPad 2 tablet along with a number of other Apple products. Pegatron is seemingly working hard to increase its production share of Apple devices, however; the Taiwan-based manufacturer reportedly also won an order from Apple to manufacture a total of 15 million iPhone 5 handsets. While Apple is shaking up its manufacturing partners according to the report, it will reportedly retain the majority of its component suppliers including TPK Holdings (touch panels), Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology (batteries), Largan Precision (camera lenses) and Foxconn Technology (outer casings).
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9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 4S as it’s being referred to, will feature the LED flash for the camera on the opposite side of the case. There have been reports from a small group of individuals experiencing camera problems due to the iPhone’s built-in flash, and this looks like a way to solve the issue. Take a look for yourselves at supposed leaked parts from the upcoming iPhone 4S above. For more information on the iPhone 4S, make sure to check out our exclusive photos of the iPhone 4S coming to T-Mobile. More →
A new report Tuesday morning suggests Apple has notified Foxconn, its next-generation iPad manufacturer, that initial shipments will commence in the next 100 days. The unconfirmed report originates from China’s industry watchdog, DigiTimes, and suggests that initial shipments will be in the 400,000 to 600,000 range. Those numbers seem quite low for the sequel to a device that is selling as well the iPad — Apple sold 300,000 iPads on its first day of availability and it reached the 1 million mark in 28 days. The company is currently selling over 1 million units each month. If DigiTimes’ report is accurate, we could see a large second shipment shortly after the first one, with Foxconn’s new plants in Chengdu possibly ramping up volume following the initial production runs in Shenzhen. Apple’s iPad 2 is expected to feature a thinner case, a Retina Display, a gyroscope and FaceTime support. More →
HTC considers EVO 4G screen separation flaw minor; will address screen sensitivity issue in a patch?
Potentially good news for HTC EVO 4G owners, as a circulating rumor suggests that HTC is addressing the screen problems that are reportedly plaguing its flagship WiMAX handset. According to the unofficial source, HTC is aware of the screen separation issue and is playing the waiting game to see if this problem develops further. Currently, the handset manufacturer considers this problem to be minor and has made some refinements to its assembly process to eliminate this cosmetic flaw in future production runs. HTC has also reportedly acknowledged that a select number of its EVO 4G handsets suffer from a screen sensitivity problem. The screen sensitivity issue is thought to affect a disproportionate number of handsets in arid climates and HTC is working on a software patch to fix this issue. How about it EVO owners? Are you seeing any of these reported issues? More →