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Next-generation iPhone to utilize new display technology

April 20th, 2012

Apple’s next-generation iPhone will reportedly make use of new display technology that will allow the device to utilize thinner components without sacrificing responsiveness. Citing anonymous sources within Apple’s component supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday reported that Apple’s new iPhone will utilize in-cell touch panels rather than industry-standard on-cell technology. In-cell touch panel technology allows a …

An inside look at how iPads are made [video]

April 12th, 2012

Apple’s iPad and the conditions under which it is built are topics that surface regularly on technology blogs and in the mainstream media. While the company did recently initiate a review by the Fair Labor Association, human rights organizations regularly take Apple to task for not doing more to ensure factory workers employed by its …

Sharp and Foxconn enter into manufacturing partnership

March 27th, 2012

Sharp on Tuesday announced that is has entered into an manufacturing partnership with Foxconn that will see the manufacturing giant take a 10% stake in the Japanese electronics company. Hon Hai has invested nearly 67 billion yen ($809 million) in Sharp in exchange for roughly 121.65 million new shares, which will be spread out between four …

Nokia to cut 1,000 jobs from Finnish phone plant

March 22nd, 2012

Nokia on Thursday announced that it will cut as many as 1,000 jobs at its plant in Salo, Finland. The company’s layoffs will happen gradually through 2012, with most cuts happening by the end of June, Reuters reported. The Salo plant is the last large cell phone manufacturing plant in Western Europe, as most businesses …

Raspberry Pi suffers a manufacturing hiccup, possible delays

March 8th, 2012

Shipments of the long-awaited Raspberry Pi single-board Linux computer may be delayed due to a “manufacturing hiccup.” The company on Thursday said that during the manufacturing process, the computers were equipped with non-magnetic jacks, which would result in a lack of network connectivity. The Raspberry Pi Foundation claims, however, that there is no need to …

Nokia to shed 4,000 jobs as manufacturing shifts to Asia

February 8th, 2012

Nokia plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting effort that will see much of its manufacturing shift to Asia. The cuts will be made across three Nokia plants — 2,300 workers will be shed in Komarom, Hungary, 700 will lose their jobs in Reynosa, Mexico and 1,000 more in Salo, Finland will …

Workers should not have to die so Apple can build the iPhone 5, petition says

February 1st, 2012

A new web-based petition singles out Apple and calls for the company to force its suppliers to reform the working conditions at their factories. Original device manufacturer Hon Hai and its subsidiary Foxconn are among the Eastern firms repeatedly accused of mistreating workers, and Apple has again been called upon to demand change as Foxconn’s …

Explosion at iPad plant injures 61 workers

December 19th, 2011

The safety of workers at electronics manufacturing plants has again been called into question on reports that 61 people were injured by an explosion at a Pegatron factory at Shanghai’s Songjiang industrial park in China. Reuters on Monday reported that an explosion at a plant run by Pegatron subsidiary Riteng Computer Accessory Company injured 61 people and …

Apple’s A5 chip reportedly now manufactured by Samsung in Texas

December 16th, 2011

Apple and other consumer electronics companies typically look to the Far East for components, but a new report suggests that the production of Apple’s current mobile processors has now moved to the United States. Reuters on Friday reported that the chip powering Apple’s current iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models is now manufactured in a …

Component orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 on strong Lumia demand

December 8th, 2011

Component suppliers in Taiwan expect orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 as demand for Nokia’s Lumia smartphones increases. DigiTimes cites unnamed industry sources from within Nokia’s supply chain in stating that the launch of Nokia’s first pair of Windows Phones — the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 — has helped foster growth …