Foxconn staff assembling Apple’s iPhone 5 have walked out in protest at new quality demands imposed by Cupertino. The firm’s Zhengzhou plant has seen between three and four thousand workers go on strike after Apple asked Foxconn to help bring an end to the scratches and marks which have been found on countless brand new phones.
Apple is now saying that ‘appearance defects” can only measure 0.02mm, which workers say is too small for them to see with the naked eye. Staff have taken to Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, in frustration, with one worker saying looking for such defaults meant mental pressure on colleagues was “immense”.
What’s more, Foxconn staff have not been given new training to help spot these tiny nicks and marks. Managers have apparently halted production in an attempt to resolve the standoff.
Either way, its another PR disaster for Apple, following its Maps mea culpa and myriad iPhone 5 niggles.
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