Three former Foxconn employees were charged today in Taiwan with accepting bribes from supply chain partners. According to the Wall Street Journal, prosecutors detained a former general manager and released three former employees on bail. Client companies like Apple were not caught up in the arrests as they were not involved in the alleged bribery.
When Apple launched iPhone 5s in September, it wasn’t very easy to get one, especially if you wanted a gold iPhone 5s.
However, just in time for the holiday season, the shipping estimates for iPhone 5s has dropped to just 3 to 5 business days, and a recent survey suggests that it is reaching 90% availability in Apple’s U.S. retail stores.
Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, received a heck a lot of attention several years ago when employees started killing themselves and reports surfaced about workers who worked double or triple shifts six times a week. Because of all that attention, Foxconn had to clean up their act, but at the same time, that means they had to raise their prices.
As news broke thatÂ Apple is going to invest $100 million to bring some Mac production back to the U.S., Foxconn has announced that it is planning U.S. expansion. Related? Yeah, that’s a fair bet.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed alreadyâ€”Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA SoonÂ andÂ Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”â€”the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
People at Foxconn have already talked about how hard it is to build the iPhone 5Â and production slowdowns are due to stricter quality control, and today Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou spoke to reporters at an economic forum reiterating that design and quality issues are slowing down production. Does this mean that Apple is making devices that are just too hard to build in quantity or that manufacturers are just facing the beginning of a “new normal” in making today’s high tech devices?