iPhone maker will spend $5 billion building factories in India

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Foxconn will spend big bucks in India.
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Apple supplier Foxconn has reconfirmed its intentions to build factories in India, with officials telling ministers from the state of Maharashtra that it will invest $5 billion building plants in the country.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is said to be working with Foxconn to help find suitable land in the state to fit the iPhone maker’s demands.

Foxconn’s next plant could kill Apple leaks

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Big Apple leaks could become a thing of the past.
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Foxconn is planning to build a new prototyping facility right alongside Apple’s upcoming research and development center in Shenzhen, China.

The move will “better help Apple create prototypes” of products in the development process, and could mean a lot fewer leaks for curious fans.

Key Apple partners could set up shop in U.S.

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Could we see buildings like this in the U.S. soon?
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A number of key Apple suppliers are considering new facilities in the U.S., according to reports out of China.

Assembler Foxconn, display maker Sharp, and chip maker TSMC are all said to be interested in taking advantage of new business incentives proposed by soon-to-be President Donald Trump.

Apple to switch up its manufacturing process for iPhone 8

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Apple's making big changes for an all-new iPhone 8.
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Apple will adopt a new manufacturing process to deliver an all-new form factor for iPhone 8, according to a new report. The next-generation Apple smartphone will use a stainless steel forging process for its metal frame as opposed to traditional CNC machining.

Apple adds another manufacturer to its iPhone 8 team

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Wistron will help build the iPhone 8.
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Apple has added a third manufacturer to its stable for the 2017-era iPhone 8, according to a new report.

The newcomer? Wistron, which previously gained experience as an Apple supplier on secondary iPhone handsets such as the iPhone 5s and, reportedly, the iPhone SE. It will join established Apple suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron working on the next-gen tenth birthday iPhone, which will likely launch next September.

Former Foxconn manager charged with stealing 5,700 iPhones

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Tim Cook meeting an iPhone manufacturer in China.
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A one-time senior manager at Apple manufacturer Foxconn is facing a possible ten years in jail after allegedly stealing 5,700 iPhones and selling them on for $1.5 million.

The thefts reportedly took place at one of Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen, China, where the manager — identified only as “Tsai” — used eight employees to help smuggle the handsets out of the building.

iPhone 8’s glass design will finally bring wireless charging

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Get ready for wireless charging!
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The rumored decision to adopt a glass chassis for the next-generation iPhone is reportedly fueled by a desire to improve wireless charging, another key feature supposedly coming to Apple’s 2017 phone.

The report comes from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that all 2017-era iPhones will boast the long-awaited wireless charging tech.

How the tech industry outsources pollution to China [Kahney’s Korner podcast]

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The hard-hitting Death by Design documentary is a sobering look at the environmental legacy of the tech industry.
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The tech industry appears to be nice and clean, but it has a long and toxic history of environmental damage. Silicon Valley is home to the most Superfund cleanup sites in the country.

A new film, Death by Design, takes a sobering look at the electronics industry and its toxic environmental legacy — both in the United States and in China. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the cost of the devices we consume in some measure of ignorance.

Apple features heavily in the film, though it’s not the only tech company implicated.

This week on Kahney’s Korner, I talk to the documentary’s director, Sue Wiliams, about Apple, pollution and Silicon Valley.