iPhone 5 Launch Fizzles in Beijing

Those hoping for a repeat of the madness that accompanied the aborted launch of the iPhone 4S in January left disappointed on Friday, as The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s flagship Beijing store began selling the...

Did Chinese iPhone Workers Really Go on Strike?

“With the iPhone,” Slate’s Farhad Manjoo wrote this week, “Apple is building products at a level of quality that may be unprecedented in the history of mass manufacturing.” But Apple, of course, is...

More on Apple’s Map Malfunction

The Apple Maps that replaced Google’s in the new iOS 6 for iPhone and iPad have attracted widespread mockery. Quirks in the maps’ representation of China include a duplicate set of Diaoyu Islands and a missing...

iPhone 5 Sets Accessory Makers Scrambling

While Foxconn has reportedly gone to extremes to meet anticipated demand for the new iPhone 5, Apple’s announcement on Wednesday was the starting pistol for other production lines in China as accessory designers finally...

Meet China’s Factory Workers

Foxconn’s rush to meet anticipated demand for the new iPhone 5 has produced fresh stories of abusive conditions in its Chinese factories. Students were allegedly forced to take unpaid internships on assembly lines, while...

Apple’s China Problems

The New York Times traces the human element of Apple’s supply chain in a lengthy report on conditions at the Chinese factories that make its wildly popular devices: Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved...



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