WASHINGTON — Apple is investigating a factory in southwest mainland China after a labour rights group said the tech giant’s supplier forced student workers to work "like robots" to assemble its popular Apple Watch. Many were compelled to work in order to get their vocational degrees and had to do night shifts, according to an investigation by Hong Kong-based NGO Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). SACOM interviewed 28 students at the plant in Chongqing municipality over the summer, and all of them said they had not voluntarily applied to work there, according to the report published last week. They worked under the guise of "internships", SACOM said, a practice rights groups say is widespread in China as manufacturers pair up with vocational schools to supply workers and fill labour shortages when they ramp up production for new models or the Christmas rush. "Our graduation certificate will be withheld by the school if we refuse to come," said … [Read more...] about Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labour
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To avoid the US’ $200 billion tariff slapped on Chinese goods, smartphone giant Apple’s manufacturers are looking to shift business from China to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Apple manufacturers are looking to avoid US tariffs by moving away from China. Source: Shutterstock GoerJek—a Chinese firm assembling Apple’s non-cable earphones (AirPods)—has just notified its suppliers about its plan to transfer production and business operations to Vietnam. Nikkei stated that despite already running an iPhone earphone manufacturing facility in northern Vietnam, the firm still intends to run away from China due to the risk of suffering damage from the US-China trade war. In addition to GoerJek, other Apple assembly manufacturers also have similar intentions. Specifically, Cheng Uei, a Taiwanese firm specialised in manufacturing connecting wires and charger equipment for iPhones, and Petragon, the second largest iPhone assembly firm only … [Read more...] about Apple manufacturers looking to shift business from China to Vietnam
When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
An Apple iPhone XS Max (right) and iPhone XS rest on a table during a launch event on September 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California. (Photo: AFP/Noah Berger) Keeping to last year’s iPhone X look and feel, the three new phone models announced boast larger displays with a faster chip - the A12 Bionic. Here are five things you need to know about the announcement at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, United States: iPHONE XS AND XS MAX Marketed as Apple’s “most advanced smartphone ever”, the iPhone XS (pronounced “iPhone 10S”) and XS Max will come in gold, silver and space grey finishes. The iPhone XS Max (left) and iPhone XS. (Image: Apple) The iPhone XS Max is possibly one of the largest phones on the market, with a 6.5-inch screen - bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (6.4 inches). While the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch screen. Both phones have: - Super Retina, OLED display with HDR display - IP68 dust and … [Read more...] about iPhone XS, XR and the Apple Watch Series 4 launch: 5 things to know
Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes electrocardiograms and detects falls. The California tech giant said it would begin selling its 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max later this month, keeping the starting price of the company's top-end model at $999 but bumping the entry price for the version with the larger screen. Apple also announced a new iPhone XR starting at $749, available in October, with a 6.1-inch display to broaden its pool of buyers. The phones are updates to last year's iPhone X ("10"), which marks the 10th anniversary of the smartphone -- stretching the screen while keeping the overall handset size at or near that of previous models. "I think Apple did extremely well here," GlobalData analyst Avi Greengart said after checking out the new offerings at the unveiling at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. "Overall, this is going … [Read more...] about Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch