iPhone manufacturer opens its doors for one-of-a-kind tour


Save your battery with this pretty extreme trick.
Pegatron wants to be more transparent about iPhone manufacturing.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

As the Apple supplier which came under fire a few years ago when one of its 15 year old workers died of pneumonia, iPhone manufacturer Pegatron has opened its doors to the media in an effort to show how much things have changed.

In the process, it sheds light on one of the hidden sides of iPhone production — and the means by which companies like Pegatron try and crack down on supply chain leaks about future Apple devices.

Another iPhone manufacturer plans to open factories in India


Designed in California, built in India?
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Just like its iPhone-building rival Foxconn, Apple manufacturer Pegatron is reportedly planning to build factories in India, taking advantage of the cheap labor opportunities in the country compared to China.

Will tomorrow’s iPhones be “designed in California, built in India?” Signs are increasingly pointing to yes.

Apple may be cutting back on iPhone 6s orders


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Not the 6s Apple thought it would be?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Despite the iPhone 6s’ record-shattering 13 million unit sales in its first three days, reports coming out of Apple’s supply chain suggest that manufacturer Pegatron has stopped operating several of its iPhone 6s production lines in Shanghai — and may even be laying off some employees who were hired to work on the handset.

While this has the distinct feel of an unsubstantiated rumor to it, Pegatron has come forward and acknowledged that it’s actually true.

But hold back your “Apple will go bankrupt in six months” placards for now; things aren’t exactly as they first appear…

Another Apple partner accused of unsafe worker conditions


Tim Cook visits one of Apple's factories in China.
Photo: Tim Cook

One of Apple’s supply chain iPhone manufacturers is under fire for unsafe and illegal labor practices — and for once it’s not Foxconn.

This time the company is Pegatron, which worker rights group China Labor Watch says has not cleaned up its act, despite Apple claiming that it would investigate it back in 2013 after 86 labour rights violations were identified at three of its factories.