Foxconn Stops Interns From Working illegal Overtime For iPhone X Production


It was reported recently that student interns at Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn were working illegal overtime for assembling the iPhone X. Some interns had revealed that they were working 11-hour days regularly to assemble the new flagship smartphone. These long work hours are illegal for student interns as per the country’s laws. Apple had said that the students “should not have been allowed to work overtime,” and Foxconn has now put an end to that.

The student interns were reportedly 17 to 19 years old. They had to complete a three-month internship at Foxconn before they could graduate.

One student had claimed that the work they were doing wasn’t related to their studies. That student also claimed to have assembled as many as 1,200 iPhone X cameras every single day.

In their initial responses, Apple and Foxconn both said that the students were not “forced” to work beyond the legal hourly limits. However, they did acknowledge that some cases of students working illegal overtime do exist.

Foxconn has now confirmed to the BCC that it has taken immediate action to ensure that no student interns carry out any overtime work at its manufacturing facilities. Foxconn added that the interns make up a “very small percentage” of its workforce in China and that the breach of labor laws was also inconsistent with its own policies.

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Students May Have Worked Overtime Illegally To Assemble iPhone X


Apple’s longtime manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly been employing students to work overtime illegally at its factories for assembling the iPhone X. The Financial Times has heard from six high school students in China who told the scribe that they regularly work 11-hour days to assemble Apple’s new flagship device. Such long work days are illegal for student interns as per China’s laws.

The students were reportedly 17 to 19 years old. They were told that they had to work at the Foxconn factory for three months before they could graduate. The students that the FT spoke to all volunteered to work overtime and they were paid for it illegally.

One student even told the Financial Times that they were forced to work at the Foxconn factory and that the work they were doing wasn’t related to their studies. That student claimed to have assembled as many as 1,200 cameras for the iPhone X every single day.

Apple and Foxconn have both said that the students were not “forced” to work beyond the hourly limits laid down by law. They have acknowledged that some cases of student interns working overtime do exist and they’re looking into measures to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

Foxconn worked with local governments and vocational institutions to organize the internship program. It has agreed that the overtime work violated its own policy that prohibits students from working more than 40 hours a week.

“We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits,” Apple said, adding that they “should not have been allowed to work overtime.”

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Foxconn Proposes A Self-Driving Car Lane On Wisconsin’s Highway

As it stands, there are several companies such as Google who are testing out their self-driving cars on the roads, and somewhat successfully too. However until the day comes where the majority of cars are self-driving cars, there is the potential for accidents as sometimes it can be hard to predict human driving behavior.

However Foxconn might have a solution for that: dedicated highway lanes for self-driving cars. In a report from the Journal Sentinel, it seems that Foxconn has recently proposed the idea of using one of the lanes on Wisconsin’s I-94 highway as a dedicated self-driving car lane. However it seems that it is far from being made a reality.

According to a spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Foxconn’s proposal is just one of many proposals on the table right now, so whether or not they actually go for it is another story, although admittedly it would be rather interesting to see implemented and could go a long way in seeing more self-driving cars put on the road.

As you might have heard, Foxconn has expanded its operations to the US, with the company’s $10 billion mega factory located in Racine County. It is expected to create up to 13,000 jobs which means that there could be a lot more commuting, as well as goods being transported back and forth, so perhaps the creation of a self-driving car lane could help keep things a bit more organized.

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Alleged Leaked Slide Claims Apple Gave Up On Rear-Mounted Touch ID

Early iPhone 8 rumors have suggested that Apple could be looking to embed Touch ID into the display of the phone itself, but later leaks and rumors have indicated that Apple could also be considering moving it to the back of the phone, although the more recent leaks have suggested that is no longer the case.

In fact thanks to a recently leaked presentation slides posted by Benjamin Geskin (via AppleInsider), it shows an alleged Foxconn presentation in which it revealed that Apple did indeed toy with the idea of a rear-mounted Touch ID, but decided to give up on the idea later on. The slides refer to an iPhone with the codename “Cyclops” and the Touch ID sensor which is being referred to as “Mesa”.

The slides also seem to hint that are some delays with the iPhone, which meant that Foxconn could not start production of the devices as planned. This seems to be consistent with the rumors that the iPhone 8 could face supply constraints at the start due to production issues, meaning that unless you move quickly, there’s a chance you might not get your iPhone for several weeks or months.

Take it with a grain of salt for now, simply because presentation slides can be easily faked, but we suppose if there is some consolation, at least this seems to be more “evidence” that the rear-mounted Touch ID which everyone seems to hate will not be making the final cut.

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Samsung Backs ‘Kiss’ Wireless Data Transfer Technology

If you want to transfer a file from your phone to another phone, or a phone to a computer, and so on, usually you’d use a cable. This has been the default method for data transfer over the years and while it works, we guess it’s not the most efficient, but that could soon change as companies such as Samsung has backed a technology by Keyssa called “Kiss”.

The idea behind Kiss is that it will help facilitate wireless data transfer, and we’re sure that some are wondering what is the difference between this feature and other features like Bluetooth, AirDrop, and so on. The idea is that it will be faster, much faster, where you could transfer HD movies within seconds, or as you can see in the video above, you could even instantly stream video from one device to the other without the need for cables at all.

Samsung isn’t alone in backing the technology as other tech companies such as Foxconn and Intel have also invested in the technology, along with some prominent figures in the tech industry like former Apple engineer and founder of Nest, Tony Fadell. The goal is to eliminate the need for cables and we suppose eventually ports.

This could lead to devices becoming even slimmer or thinner than before (which is one of the reasons why some companies have moved to USB-C), or using that extra space to add new features. We’re not sure when we’ll be seeing the Kiss technology debut, but it does sound pretty exciting.

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Alleged Foxconn Photo Hints At iPhone With Rear-Facing Touch ID

At this stage in the game, you might think that the rumor mill would have already somewhat settled when it comes to “deciding” what the iPhone 8 could look like or what kind of features it could have. However a recent photo posted onto Chinese website Feng (via Cult of Mac) is throwing us for a loop.

In the photo above which was allegedly taken at Foxconn, it seems to suggest that Apple’s iPhone 8 could be packing a rear-facing Touch ID scanner. This is actually not the first time that a rear-facing Touch ID scanner has been brought up, but recent reports, rumors, and leaks have all suggested that won’t be the case, but then again since nothing can be confirmed, it’s hard to say who is right.

According to recent rumors, Apple has apparently given up trying to embed Touch ID into the display of the iPhone 8. It is unclear what that is, but the word on the street is that Apple could instead turn to the use of facial recognition as its new method of biometric security. However the question is whether or not the feature is reliable, especially when you consider that facial recognition systems in the past have been easily beaten by using photos.

However Apple’s facial recognition system is supposed to be more robust and can apparently be used even if the phone is lying flat, as opposed to having to raise it to the user’s face whenever they want to unlock it.

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