Foxconn on iPhone 5: It’s Hard to Build

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Foxconn, the company that builds the iPhone 5 for Apple, is blaming product delays on the complexity of the assembly process -- or in other words, it's hard to build.

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"The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled. To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated," an unnamed company official told the Wall Street Journal.

Foxconn has already been dealing with headaches related to the iPhone 5. Earlier in October, up to 4,000 employees stopped production to protest what they saw as unrealistic quality control expectations from Foxconn and Apple. Foxconn, however, said that there wasn't a strike and that only a handfull of employees were involved in a minor disagreement with management.

Workers were reportedly given stricter quality control guidelines after complaints of customers receiving scratched and dented iPhones surfaced. Employees claimed they hadn't received proper training on how to comply with the new guidelines and weren't paid for the extra time needed to meet those standards.

Despite the headaches associated with building Apple's latest iPhone model, Foxconn is making improvements.

"It takes time to learn how to make this new device," the WSJ contact said. "Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day."

Comments

ibuck

This issue prompts several questions:
Are thinner devices something that consumers want? Even if it leads to higher repair costs? Will the iPhone 5 be harder to repair or recycle because Apple crammed everything in there?

Wouldn’t consumers prefer longer battery life (from a bigger battery) in a slightly thicker case? And a phone that’s easier / cheaper to repair?

Lee Dronick

I am with Buck, there is a point of diminishing returns with thin devices. For me it is not so much the repair of them, but as you mention the battery life and also the feel of the device in the hand. Of course I like the feel and light weight of my iPhone more than the bulky Treo that preceded it.

Dookie Howsre

LOVE the picture you used. Perfect. That should be Samsung’s new logo.

skipaq

Just picked my 5 a couple of hours ago. It is a black beauty. The thinness is noticeable and very appealing. First words from my wife when I handed it to her was: “This phone is light.” smile

iJack

“First words from my wife when I handed it to her was: ‘This phone is light.’”

So, didn’t say, “Wow!  I’ll bet this was hard to build?”

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