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Apple’s plans to release a low-priced iPhone got a solid verification from a new report by China Labor Watch this morning. The unlikely source of the new item details was an undercover investigation into Pegatron to clarify working conditions at the Apple supplier (which likewise works as a partner to other customer electronics makers).
A description plucked from a diary entry by an undercover detective posing as an employee reveals the salient details around the low-priced iPhone and its plastic back, as initially reported by Computerworld. Today’s the appropriate section completely:
Today’s work is to paste safety film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple […] The brand-new mobile phone hasn’t yet been put into automation, so quantity isn’t as crucial.
The crucial information below are first that the leakages we’ve actually seen revealing a plastic casing for an iPhone are likely true, which the ‘coming quickly’ launch window is also accurate, though there’s no informing whether this is preparing for a fall launch. The phone is also notably not yet in the mass-production phase, though there’s still time for that to take place between the time the details was recorded in the report and a late fall release date, as appears to be most likely for Apple’s upcoming iPhone refresh.
The report is not really implied to tease iPhone manufacturing information, obviously, it’s really supposed to show working conditions at the factory, and suggests that Apple is not keeping up with the guarantees it makes in its Provider Duty materials on its website and in its regular reports on the subject. The report says that Chinese workers are doing six-day weeks, with 11 hour changes and making only around $1.50 an hour for a total amount of $268 per month, which is far under the community regular monthly average of $764 and inadequate to qualify as a living wage for Shanghai, China Labor Watch states.
China Labor Watch and various other teams consistently doing their best to accentuate working conditions in the nation, typically making use of Apple as a particularly high-profile example. Ironically, this report may be its most significant attention draw yet, since it showcases solid information about an unreleased product that numerous investors and consumers are viewing in the West with bated breath.