Foxconn, Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner, has replaced 60,000 of its assembly workers with robots. Its workforce at a factory in Kunshan, China, has been reduced from 110,000 people to just 50,000 as a result.
TSMC and Foxconn today released their financial figures for the fourth quarter of 2014 with bumper revenues.
In November last year, Foxconn announced that it is spending nearly $2.6 billion over the next two years to set up a sixth-generation factory in Taiwan to better meet Apple’s demand for displays.
In July of 2014, before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were officially unveiled, and right around the time manufacturing for the devices was about to kick int full gear, reports surfaced that Foxconn was adding robots to the assembly line to help out.
Before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled, one of the most constant rumors was that Apple’s newest flagships would boast giant sapphire displays. Turns out, that wasn’t the case.
Foxconn, one of the most common names thrown around when discussing suppliers, wants more of the Apple pie, and according to a new report the supplier is in preliminary talks to make that a possibility.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Flint Center last week, the smartphones were everything but a surprise. In the months preceding the announcement, the rumor mill had leaked a seemingly endless barrage of parts and components for the iPhone 6. In fact, at one point, even a video of a fully functioning iPhone 6 surfaced.
French Apple website IGen.fr has published photos, which reveals a lot of interesting information about the iPhone 6 such as the internal code names, the dimensions, and other details such as the protruding camera. The photos appear to be from Apple’s largest manufacturing partner Foxconn’s factory.
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.