iPhone 5 Production Slows As Apple Addresses Quality Control Issues
Apple is reportedly taking longer to produce iPhone 5 units as they attempt to address quality control issues having to do with customers receiving units with scuff marks in the anodized aluminum. The scuff marks were addressed by Apple’s Phil Schiller
as “normal,” with use but users know better than for a new device to come out of the box all scuffed up as if it had been drop-tested before being delivered.
Apple’s call for tighter quality control actually led Foxconn workers to go on strike
last week, which Foxconn later denied
. Foxconn's workers simply feel overworked, yet Apple’s demands for precision products puts more stress on the workers. In interviews, Foxconn workers share how every process in making the iPhone 5 offers dangers that could scratch the soft aluminum case.
While the good news is that Apple is ramping up their quality control, which has been slipping since the release of the iPhone 5, the bad news is those of us that ordered an iPhone 5 unit may have to wait even longer to receive it in the mail. Apple’s Web site still displays a three to four week waiting period before the iPhone 5 ships; however, with all of these interruptions the iPhone 5 can only be produced and shipped so quickly.