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Foxconn: We Can't Meet iPhone 5 Production Demands

By - Source: Reuters | B 21 comments

Manufacturer has said that latest iPhone is the "most difficult device" it has assembled.

The iPhone 5 is set to experience further delays in reaching consumers as Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has admitted that it's failing to meet the firm's production demands for the smartphone.

According to the manufacturer's chairman Terry Gou, Foxconn simply can't make them fast enough. "It's not easy to make the iPhones," he stated. "We are falling short of meeting the huge demand."

While he didn't specify which model is proving to warrant such a demand, it's undoubtedly the latest iPhone model, especially when you consider previous reports of the smartphone's production delays.

Last month, an anonymous Foxconn worker stressed that assembling the iPhone 5 was "very complicated". The firm described the handset as "the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled."

With the iPhone 5 being taller and slimmer than the iPhone 4S via a 4-inch screen, as well as having a smaller dock connector, an unnamed worker told the Wall Street Journal that "It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day."

 

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    cats_Paw , November 8, 2012 8:44 AM
    Call me cynical, but i think this is just a way to advertise the iphone. If they could not do it, there would not be an iphone 5, since there is, they surely can.
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    RealJames , November 8, 2012 8:58 AM
    Cats_PawCall me cynical, but i think this is just a way to advertise the iphone. If they could not do it, there would not be an iphone 5, since there is, they surely can.


    +1 that comment
    big advertisement
    marginally "news"
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    Gundam288 , November 8, 2012 7:54 AM
    Where is the demand coming from? Consumers or Apple? I think it's coming from Apple and not the consumer, but maybe that's just me over thinking it.

    (keep in mind apple needs spares for replacements and etc.)
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    Gundam288 , November 8, 2012 7:54 AM
    Where is the demand coming from? Consumers or Apple? I think it's coming from Apple and not the consumer, but maybe that's just me over thinking it.

    (keep in mind apple needs spares for replacements and etc.)
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    cats_Paw , November 8, 2012 8:44 AM
    Call me cynical, but i think this is just a way to advertise the iphone. If they could not do it, there would not be an iphone 5, since there is, they surely can.
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    RealJames , November 8, 2012 8:58 AM
    Cats_PawCall me cynical, but i think this is just a way to advertise the iphone. If they could not do it, there would not be an iphone 5, since there is, they surely can.


    +1 that comment
    big advertisement
    marginally "news"
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    cookoy , November 8, 2012 9:13 AM
    Didn't they do time-and-motion studies on assembling these devices to come up with an estimate of how much they can do in a month? They did not say they could not do the iphones but only that they can't do them fast enough to meet the big demand.
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    Fabel , November 8, 2012 10:46 AM
    For a few weeks now I bypass most of the Apple "news" and just check one every now and then just to see if again is another Zak Islam waste of time.

    I like Apple news, when there really are news. Sadly once more here it is, ZI. After so many years of Tom's I'm getting tired.
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    krowbar , November 8, 2012 11:23 AM
    FabelFor a few weeks now I bypass most of the Apple "news" and just check one every now and then just to see if again is another Zak Islam waste of time.I like Apple news, when there really are news. Sadly once more here it is, ZI. After so many years of Tom's I'm getting tired.

    Zak iSlam may be more appropriate then?
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    besplatan , November 8, 2012 12:06 PM
    killerclickIt's Microsoft and Surface that have to pretend their crap device is sold out


    They're not pretending any more, all models are back in stock at Microsoft Store. It was a painfully transparent ploy to make developers think people are buying Metro devices. I guess Microsoft ran out of sheep pretty quickly.
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    kinggraves , November 8, 2012 12:14 PM
    Yes, I'm sure the iPhone 5 is such an advanced maze of parts that Even YuGiOh couldn't solve this puzzle. It couldn't have anything to do with whiny Foxconn workers trying to get more raises. It certainly wouldn't be an attempt to make their product seem advanced in the storm of complaints from Apple zealots starting to come down from the kool aid and realize they don't need a new Idevice every 6 months. It's probably not overblowing the fact that they have to adjust to learning how to build every new device they make. Nope, it's just a terrible and needlessly complicated design for a product that lacks as many ports and parts as it's competition offers.

    Pst, BTW Foxconn workers, might want to complain less. Those robots look more and more tempting for management every day.
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    arnoldlouie , November 8, 2012 12:16 PM
    I guess they're already making iphone 5s/5g/6 or something or maybe a lot of people are hoarding iphone5 since its revolutionary or whatever..and iphone 4s is so much outdated... The added screen size really makes it worth it... Makes you want to throw your old iphone away... If I had an iphone5 and apple came up with a larger screen maybe 1 cm bigger..I'd buy that.. whahaha..makes me wonder how some people complain about money and has the newest iphone or mac.. or any apple product..
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    amdwilliam1985 , November 8, 2012 12:50 PM
    killerclickLol, as if iPhone 5 needs that kind of advertising. It's Microsoft and Surface that have to pretend their crap device is sold out, Apple has a solid track record of coming out with consumer devices that customers want to buy. They don't have to prove anything to anybody.


    They need to prove their stock holders that their products are still "hot", they need to prove to their cult of followers that their products are still "wannable".

    My gf and brother recently dump their iToys, haha.
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    fuzzion , November 8, 2012 1:02 PM
    Those that predicted AAPL would hit 700 were probably smoking an ounce of ganja which i heard is now legal
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    ahnilated , November 8, 2012 1:15 PM
    How much do you want to bet that Apple/Foxconn is going to sue to find out who this unnamed source is and get him fired?
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    C00lIT , November 8, 2012 2:30 PM
    Not sure why I picture a guy with a Whip ... Faster *Whip* Faster... *whip* FASTER !!!
    (Proud to use my unlocked SGH-757)
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    redgarl , November 8, 2012 3:32 PM
    Or the new Nintendo Wii U maybe... oh right, it is not Apple so it doesn't sell...
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    freggo , November 8, 2012 3:46 PM
    Foxconn is simply tied up making all those Samsung Phones :-)

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    robochump , November 8, 2012 4:06 PM
    FabelFor a few weeks now I bypass most of the Apple "news" and just check one every now and then just to see if again is another Zak Islam waste of time.I like Apple news, when there really are news. Sadly once more here it is, ZI. After so many years of Tom's I'm getting tired.


    TH is amused by all of the iHaters that flock to Apple articles. Thought yall would have figured this out by now...lol.

    Heard reports that Foxconn Management is actually allowing US companies into their factories to show how they manufacture products. They (Foxconn) say US will never manufacturer like China since the US has been doing it for so long. Why not manufacture more in Mexico? Would be nice but I think the main issue is no where in the World has the talent pool that China has when it comes to strong manufacturing skills. Its been integrated in that region for many years now.
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    robochump , November 8, 2012 4:08 PM
    amdwilliam1985 My gf and brother recently dump their iToys, haha.


    I highly doubt this, good story tho...
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    bildo123 , November 8, 2012 4:51 PM
    This world is so LuLzy. Astronomical national debts, inflation increasing at breakneck speed, several countries (Greece, Spain, Ireland) totally under water, $1 Trillion plus annual deficit spending alone here in America and the Chinese can't satisfy our apparently insatiable demand for our near now purely consumerism society. What a Brave New World.
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