Even though the iPad can be literally purchased from anywhere in the world with the help of sites like e-Bay or Amazon, Apple made it available officially in several countries only now. We recently received news about the new iPad being released in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Montenegro for Eastern Europe countries and in Asian countries like Thailand or India.
Apple is back in the center of controversy because of Foxconn production lines in China, where working conditions are very hard, fact which does not seem to matter to the companies that manufacture all your gadgets there.
The issue was escalated this week by statements from a former executive of Foxconn, which declared for the New York Times that Apple never cared about anything more than raising product quality and lowering costs of production. In addition, a former Apple executive told the newspaper that they have learned of labor abuses in some Chinese factories for four years, and but nothing ever happened, production… Continue to Apple's CEO Responds To Accusations Regarding The Hard Working Conditions In China
Apple joins a long list of multinationals marked for labor exploitation, in this case children.
The U.S. press echoed a radio report covering complaints about working conditions in Asian factories that produce parts for the Cupertino based company.
A reportage for the “Business Insider Henry Blodget” summarizes the conditions in which the most coveted gadget cames at the hands of consumers: “your iPhone was built, in part, by 13 year-olds working 16 hours a day for 70 cents an hour”, and explains that the low manufacturing price of the iPhone and iPad, and the enormous profit margins of Apple, are only possible thanks… Continue to The iPhone Is Built By 13 Year-Old Children Working 16 Hours A Day
A subsidiary of one of the most important providers of Apple supplies suffered an explosion at its plant, which left 61 people injured in varying degrees.
This is the company Ri-teng Computer Accessory Company (based in Shanghai) and is a subsidiary of Pegatron Corp. ,a leading provider of components used in manufacturing the iPad 2. Actually, Pegatron declined to disclose details of the customers who use this plant. A source with knowledge of the matter said the facility was used in part to make Apple products.
An employee of one of the Taiwanese giant, Foxconn, which manufactures the Apple iPad and the Apple iPhone in China, committed suicide by jumping into the void from his bedroom, said police sources cited today by the official Xinhua news agency, that since 2010 has reported a multitude of these cases.
The deceased, Li Rongying, was, as in most previous cases, very young (20 years), although this time the incident has not been produced in the huge Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen (south), which employs almost 400,000 employees, but in the city of Taiyuan, in the north.