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iPhone 5 'Most Difficult Device' Foxconn's Ever Assembled

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October 18, 2012 3:12:45 AM

Aren't all iPhones the 'Most Difficult Device' Foxconn's Ever Assembled.
Every generation the same "news" comes out.

Dear Zak Islam, did BoM hire you to advertise for Apple? None of your articles seem to even remotely stray away from Apple inc.
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October 18, 2012 3:18:17 AM

Once again, TH is flooded with stupid gossip about (name of disliked company) instead of real news about (name of liked company). Obviously (reporter's name) is a shill.
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October 18, 2012 3:22:29 AM

It's difficult because the workers are always jumping out the windows ^.^ >_>
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October 18, 2012 3:23:06 AM

the new coating utilized on the iPhone 5 is more prone to scratches

A mate had it for 5 days before the back had a few ugly and visible scratches.

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October 18, 2012 3:36:38 AM

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He did, however, note that workers are getting better at assembling the phone. "Practice makes perfect," he said.


Hear that? If you have an iPhone 5 right now, you've got a "practice" iPhone. Congrats! Apple quality right there.
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Anonymous
October 18, 2012 4:10:36 AM

Well it is normal for a product of that kind of quality,scratch prone...check...loose of signal....check....camera flaws ....check....sheeps captive....check....charge bigger check....lol
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Anonymous
October 18, 2012 4:20:21 AM

Personalty im losing respect for Tomshardware or as i like to call it now Zak's apple.

I mean if Apple has some news great. Something worth posting super. But do you really need to post about everything? I mean you would post about how Tim Cook took a crap this morning and it was just so awesome you went and waited in line for your icrap. Your the poster boy for the apple fanboys.
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October 18, 2012 4:21:10 AM

My brother just got his iPone 5 yesterday. The sales clerk really pushed it as the most "user friendly" smartphone out there.
Its his first smartphone, and I worked with him for over 4 hours showing him how to use it.
He can't stand Siri, Maps or the fact it won't let him download free apps without a credit card on his Apple account (he's a trucker and afraid someone will steal his phone and run up charges).

I've got an Android EVO 4g, he used it for an hour.
I've got mine pretty customized with widgits so its pretty easy to use in comparison in its current state (but not by default). Also, with Google Play you don't need a card to download apps.

It took just one full day and he's returning it for a Galaxy S3. I promised I'd load the same widgits on there for him.
Oops...

But hey, its a pretty phone.
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October 18, 2012 4:45:15 AM

Why wouldn't the most technological and compressed phone NOT be the hardest to make? Why is this unexpected?
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Anonymous
October 18, 2012 4:52:07 AM

Your scratching it wrong.
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October 18, 2012 5:40:21 AM

tobalazMy brother just got his iPone 5 yesterday. The sales clerk really pushed it as the most "user friendly" smartphone out there.Its his first smartphone, and I worked with him for over 4 hours showing him how to use it. He can't stand Siri, Maps or the fact it won't let him download free apps without a credit card on his Apple account (he's a trucker and afraid someone will steal his phone and run up charges).I've got an Android EVO 4g, he used it for an hour.I've got mine pretty customized with widgits so its pretty easy to use in comparison in its current state (but not by default).
Also, with Google Play you don't need a card to download apps. It took just one full day and he's returning it for a Galaxy S3. I promised I'd load the same widgits on there for him.Oops...But hey, its a pretty phone.


There are so many arguments you can make against the iPhone, but don't make up a false story. Apple's "i" devices are incredibly easy to use. In the mock iPhone 5 commercial from Samsung, why do you think the kid is holding the spot for his parents? Because, iPhones are easy to use, that's why many older people love the device.
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October 18, 2012 6:05:18 AM

I have both. Iphone 3GS and Android Tablet. They both have their ups and downs.

Apples app store is far better than the android app store. The android app store is cluttered with so many awful apps that it makes my head spin. I don't know a single person with an android cell phone that isn't charging their battery halfway through the day. That's not to say that there aren't any decent android devices. But it seems they are far and few between.

Apple on the other hand is clueless when it comes to features.....features that one would assume EVERY smartphone would have by now. Such as the ability to easily engage and disengage wifi/bluetooth without having to go into a settings menu.....Apple iphones do not time-stamp each txt but merely give you an estimation based on the first txt of the conversation.....I cannot begin to tell you how annoying that is for someone who needs to know exactly when I sent/received a txt....Or how about the fact that I cannot easily kill all the apps opened at once.....really apple? Haven't figured out how to make that work yet? Are you F'n kidding me?

Sadly none of this really matters. The majority of iphone/android users use their phone to talk/txt, facebook, angry birds or something similar, listen to music, and maybe watch the odd short video on.

If you REALLY think that android devices and apple iphones are soooo bloody different that only one could possibly serve your needs.......you need a good kick in the head.
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October 18, 2012 6:15:12 AM

I'm into new tech as much as anyone but this phone race is getting out of hand. And what's bad is people act as if the type of phone they have defines them. A wise man once said:

You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis

And you are certainly not your iphone

I have a Samsung Nexus and that's more than I need.
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October 18, 2012 7:06:43 AM

alexthagerThere are so many arguments you can make against the iPhone, but don't make up a false story. Apple's "i" devices are incredibly easy to use. In the mock iPhone 5 commercial from Samsung, why do you think the kid is holding the spot for his parents? Because, iPhones are easy to use, that's why many older people love the device.


"Easy to use" does not mean that someone who has never used a smartphone before can just use them without someone explaining him stuff or he having a longer learning period. If you think they "just work" for someone with zero knowledge you are deluding yourself.
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October 18, 2012 7:16:04 AM

Well if it's so hard to make then don't make it! I'm sure may out of work Americans won't mind jobs coming back to the US. And that goes for ALL the other tech companies too, because they're all just as bad.
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October 18, 2012 7:28:35 AM

tinmannI'm into new tech as much as anyone but this phone race is getting out of hand. And what's bad is people act as if the type of phone they have defines them. A wise man once said: You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakisAnd you are certainly not your iphoneI have a Samsung Nexus and that's more than I need.

That's absolutely correct. I know so many people who spend fortunes on changing their phones constantly (but they're a pain when you want to dine with them in a restaurant because they have to be careful with their money this month!) ... and if you listen to them, their phone is always the best in the market and the other phones are laughable. They are always willing to demonstrate the oh so awesome capabilities of their phones ... but then you notice they don't even find their way trough the menus.
My girlfriend uses a two and a half years old HTC Desire (with a custom rom I put there) and she does much more with her smartphone on a daily basis than any of those guys. She's working in the medical sector, but she could give those tech junkies a lessons about how to use a phone efficiently. Ask her about getting a new phone and she'll say that there's nothing those new phones do that can't already be done on her current phone and she's totally right about that !

The same goes for our computers. The race for more power is long overdue. What we need to improve is efficiency and ... the software / services offer. Speed and power are no longer the limiting factor in modern systems. Everyone can afford a fast enough computer. Making it fit your needs perfectly and using it correctly is the real challenge !
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October 18, 2012 11:10:26 AM

any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color.

If the color is from anodizing then what they're not telling you is you can spend more time+money and have a thicker layer put on that will resist scratches better. I know there are also processes used on watch cases to make them super resistant to scratches while still being black. Apple is going down. They can't even claim to be the last word in quality or functionality anymore.
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October 18, 2012 12:47:22 PM

"practice makes perfect"
yea children have good muscle memory after 20 hours of work a day.
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October 18, 2012 1:11:49 PM

"One of the reasons why the iPhone 5 is in short supply is due to..." Apple trying to increase sales by lying about "shortages". They sold 5 instead of expected 10 millions over the first weekend, which is a fail. Now they are suddenly "sold out" lol. Which stores do not have them anymore, dear Zak?

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...the iPhone "the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled,"...

I guess Samsung Galaxy SIII is assembled elsewhere... :D 
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October 18, 2012 1:26:33 PM

technicalbassI have both. Iphone 3GS and Android Tablet.

And the tablet is made by Android Inc and they call it "Tablet", that's why you sound like you don't even know the model of your "android tablet"...
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October 18, 2012 2:35:06 PM

Isnt this the company that had underage workers in china doing ll the work?

Funny news if so.
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October 18, 2012 3:19:00 PM

alexthagerThere are so many arguments you can make against the iPhone, but don't make up a false story. Apple's "i" devices are incredibly easy to use. In the mock iPhone 5 commercial from Samsung, why do you think the kid is holding the spot for his parents? Because, iPhones are easy to use, that's why many older people love the device.


He didn't make up a false story. He said his phone is customized with widgets & is easier to use in comparison but not by default. So now his brother wants one customized like his because he likes it. What's so fake about the story?
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October 18, 2012 4:53:12 PM

I feel Android is harder to use than iOS. But that isn't saying a whole lot.
Those commercials that MS were pushing a few months ago "Feel like a Beta Tester?" Hit the nail on the head. Too bad nobody gets it. Not saying WP8 is better (haven't used it, so I don't know). But Android feels disjointed and clunky. This from the proud owner of an LG Motion 4G that I absolutely love.

Here is to hoping the merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS will yield quality inexpensive WP devices in the future...

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Anonymous
October 18, 2012 5:06:50 PM

just a planned artificial shortage, if they made a surpluss stock value would drop and the sheep would not feel special when they managed to "get" one. This way they can keep the price up longer.
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October 18, 2012 5:48:58 PM

This makes no sense as just a few days ago Toms reported that they simplified things inside the IPHONE5 by combining some things but that it would make fixing more difficult.
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October 18, 2012 6:36:39 PM

alexthagerThere are so many arguments you can make against the iPhone, but don't make up a false story. Apple's "i" devices are incredibly easy to use. In the mock iPhone 5 commercial from Samsung, why do you think the kid is holding the spot for his parents? Because, iPhones are easy to use, that's why many older people love the device.

People love it because it's a status symbol
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October 18, 2012 7:31:50 PM

My FIRST PHONE:

I actually miss my first cellphone.
It had a B/W LCD screen like a calculator and I could easily turn it, select someone from SPEED DIAL and call them in ONE SECOND.

Am I the only one who wants a phone ONLY to be a phone?
(Anyway, I pay $100 a year for my cellphone plan and took the remaining $1860 saved versus a 3-year subscription at $60 a month and built an awesome GAMING RIG. Money better spent IMO).
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October 19, 2012 1:02:47 AM

If Foxconn is incompetent at producing a smartphone, there's no lack of better competition out there.
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October 19, 2012 8:29:13 AM

I will buy an iphone 5 when they fix the crappy coating.
I'm not buying that to keep it in a case and I'm not paying that amount of cash for a product with the same aluminium coating quality as a PC case.

Fail designers and engineers. You can achieve that satin texture with tougher, lighter materials.

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October 19, 2012 7:59:29 PM

The scratching of the coating is a big FAIL.
Too bad since otherwise it's really an awesome phone.

Now people have an excuse to trade in the iPhone 5 for an iPhone 6...
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Anonymous
October 20, 2012 4:15:50 PM

It's probably from the severe cost cutting methods from Apple and all the anti-knock off things in it.
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September 2, 2013 12:20:26 AM

and the sheeps want to compare it to ferrari, the leather seats would be tearing offf after a week
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