Apple’s iPhone factory in China apologizes after violent protests



Hundreds of workers at Foxconn, Apple’s main iPhone manufacturing plant in China, clashed with security guards as tensions escalated.

This comes after the introduction of strict restrictions a month ago aimed at quelling a Covid outbreak.

Foxconn – also known by its official name Hon Hai Precision Industry – is the world’s largest custom electronics manufacturer, manufacturing equipment for many international brands.

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“Technical error” at the factory in China

The company has since apologized for a so-called “technical error” in its payment systems after violent protests erupted over salaries and conditions at the iPhone factory.

A worker’s duty AFP The confrontations erupted after employees who had signed an agreement with the factory to work at least 30 days for a one-off payment of 3,000 yuan (R7110) suddenly saw the figure slashed to just 30 yuan.

“Our team has investigated the matter and determined that a technical error occurred during the onboarding process,” Foxconn said in a statement, without going into detail.

“We apologize for an input error in the computer system and guarantee that the actual payment corresponds to that agreed.”

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iPhone 14 gets cold reception

Meanwhile, Apple’s latest flagship iPhone 14 has received a lukewarm reception since its launch.

In October, the Cupertino-based company curtailed production of the iPhone 14 Plus and ramped up production of the pricier iPhone 14 Pro due to tepid demand for the mid-range model, according to market research firm TrendForce.

The share of the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro series has increased to 60% of the total output from the originally planned 50% and could rise to 65% in the future, the report said.

iPhone launch

Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus smartphones in September, which offer better performance, greater energy efficiency and the ability to communicate with satellites.

At its Far Out event, the company unveiled two sizes of devices, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch, featuring a sophisticated design with impressive camera upgrades and new security features.

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