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Though Foxconn has denied a report about a strike at an iPhone 5 (AAPL) manufacturing plant, the...

Though Foxconn has denied a report about a strike at an iPhone 5 (AAPL) manufacturing plant, the company did see labor disruptions last week. Foxconn has confirmed it saw "isolated incidents" on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, and sources tell Bloomberg two shifts were lost on Friday due to worker frustration over attempts to prevent iPhone 5 cases from scratching. Some iPhone 5 buyers have already complained about case scratches, prompting a response from VP Phil Schiller.
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  • gensearch2
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    Losing two shifts is highly unlikely. 3,000-4,000 employees in a plant of 300,000 is a restroom break. [They don't usually get.]
    8 Oct 2012, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • iknow777
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    You can still jump!
    8 Oct 2012, 09:45 AM Reply Like
  • Artaqq
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    Yeah, but now they have those pesky suicide nets. Takes the fun right out of it. I can't imagine living that way. I would laugh my butt off if China 'Unionized' and was no longer a bastion for cheap labor. Come on home jobs!
    8 Oct 2012, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    The scary part is that many republicans want to get rid of unions as well as minimum wage and most regulations. I guess they see China as a role model for the American way of life.
    8 Oct 2012, 11:06 AM Reply Like
  • Topcat
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    All they see is $$$$. The world runs on $$$$, power, sex.
    8 Oct 2012, 12:42 PM Reply Like
  • racchole
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    Not possible when "Republicans" are capitalistic by nature and China is communist. Just not sure where these blind political statements come from. The underbelly of American society I suppose.
    8 Oct 2012, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • Snoopy1
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    Sorry racchole, but that's the reality. Just replace the owner of Foxconn with the Waltons or the Koch brothers and you have the model society according to Paul "Ayn Rand" Ryan and Mitt Romney.
    8 Oct 2012, 01:08 PM Reply Like
  • croatkid1
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    Sounds A-OK to me - where does one sign up for a job there??
    8 Oct 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • croatkid1
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    It's not many republicans or most democrats, it is survival of our form of life and government...

     

    Should you have paid attention during your schooling; you would remember that Unions became useless in the 1940 following WW 2

     

    Now we have teachers contaminating the minds of their students with vitriol spewed by their Union bosses..
    8 Oct 2012, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Artaqq
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    Correction...we want to get rid of the 'corrupt' Unions. SEIU and the Teacher's Unions, (and others), have lost their way. They destroy Industry/Eduction and line politicians' pockets. A true, uncorrupted Union is a great thing. But, there are too many out there that give the rest a bad name. Unfortunately, they are so deep in it, they are untouchable.
    9 Oct 2012, 09:04 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    The overall suicide rate in China is higher than the suicide rate at Foxconn.

     

    I watched an interview with the Premier of China, he made the observation that if China's products became more expensive [either through a floating currency or increased labor costs] the jobs would just shift to Vietnam or Malaysia.

     

    Look at this Foxconn assembly floor in China. Where in the US do you imagine this would be replicated?

     

    http://bit.ly/UPeltF
    9 Oct 2012, 09:30 AM Reply Like
  • brentn
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    Wouldn't come home - jobs would just go to the next low cost labor market - like Brazil.
    8 Oct 2012, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • JH001
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    And some companies are betting on Africa for the next cheap labor market. Good luck with that. The cradle of civilization hasn't improved much and wouldn't have improved at all without Western influences. But they sure know how to mount a .50 caliber on a 1/4 ton truck and haul 15 war-lords around in that same truck.
    8 Oct 2012, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I'd move to brazil if there was good jobs there... lots of nice looking ladies there too!!
    8 Oct 2012, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • jerrycalpha
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    http://bit.ly/PP53f1

     

    "Part of the problem is that Foxconn margins place constraints on wage increases. Last year, Foxconn parent Hon Hai had an operating margin of 1.1 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, while Apple’s operating margin for the fiscal year ended September 2011 was 31 percent. Continued issues at Foxconn may indicate that it is time for Apple to set aside a larger share of its profit to ensure Chinese laborers are paid adequately. In the meantime, Apple’s public image will suffer as the result of now more visible labor issues at Foxconn."
    8 Oct 2012, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • John1138
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    Were automation ever to be feasible in assembling phones Apple might follow Lenovo back to the states.
    8 Oct 2012, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • Advill
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    The scratch will become an issue, I don´t know why Apple decided for aluminum instead of amorphous metal, they already have the SIM extractor produced in this wonderful light material. perhaps the precision machining or the price or any other problem, but there is a physical solution to aluminum.
    8 Oct 2012, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • Positive Equity
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    So the problem for Apple is that they can't keep up with the demand for the new iPhone 5 ?? If only Samsung and Google had the same problem. Wake up people this is scared selling. Think April options and you can thank me when you are driving your new Ferrari in June.
    8 Oct 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • Amir Houriani
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    The issue isn't that demand has outpaced supply, but rather, supply can't support the demand (there's a subtle difference). True, demand for Apple's iPhone 5 is tremendous; however, because of Apple's JIT supply chain system, even the smallest hiccup in the supply chain will cause a huge effect on the production process. Investors are worried that Apple won't be able to deliver its iPhones quick enough and may lose consumers (thus, effecting the bottom line). This is definitely true. Apple will lose consumers as a result of their stalled supply chain, but the effects will likely be minuscule.

     

    The iPhone 5's release is arguably the most anticipated smartphone release in history and consumer demand will remain strong, despite the supply chain issues.
    8 Oct 2012, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • Atkins
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    I think this is a well-reasoned and thoughtful analysis.

     

    On a separate note, I spent the weekend with my nephews and niece, all of whom are under age 12. The older boy has an iPod Touch, and now the other two kids want one. They are saving up their pennies (dollars) to buy iPods; it may take them awhile, but they are hell-bent on buying iPods. The older boy now wants an iPad, as well, but that is a bit out of his price range. He has to mow many more lawns to afford it.

     

    Apparently, in the tween generation, Apple products convey the tween equivalent of status. That bodes very well for Apple's future.
    8 Oct 2012, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • jocca
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    People set on buying an iPhone will wait, not jump to the next available vendor. That is a hell of a sticky business model that other companies wish they have.
    8 Oct 2012, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • aardvark3
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    Enough of this.
    The new iPhone is amazing and I use my Google maps.
    8 Oct 2012, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • Leont68
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    scuffgate http://bit.ly/WISDdO
    8 Oct 2012, 04:16 PM Reply Like
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