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Apple may buy factory belonging to struggling Apple display-maker


Apple may buy factory belonging to struggling Apple display-maker
Japan Display makes LCD screens for Apple.
Photo: Apple

Struggling Apple display-maker Japan Display could sell Apple and Sharp its main smartphone screen factory, a new report claims.

Japan Display still owes Apple more than $800 million for the plant, which it built four years ago for $1.5 billion. It could recoup this money by selling the factory to partners including Cupertino.

Factory makes other iPad synths look like toys


Factory sounds great, and looks ok.
Factory sounds great, and looks ok.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Factory is an aptly-named new iPad synthesizer from SugarBytes. In fact, calling it a synth is underselling it — kind of like calling GarageBand a “tape recorder”. Factory does synthesize sounds, but it also has built-in effects, a sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a totally wild DJ-style crossfader, which lets you morph between presets.

The app is ultra-flexible, as capable of finely-crafted sound design as it is of sonic mayhem.

Foxconn considers 7 states for first U.S. iPhone factory


iPhone sales drive Apple’s biggest supplier to big profits
Foxconn's first U.S. factory is on the way.
Photo: CBS

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that Foxcon is currently weighing up the pros and cons of seven possible states in which to set up its first U.S.-based factory.

These states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas, all of which were chosen because — in Gou’s words — “they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector.”

iPhone maker will spend $5 billion building factories in India


Apple supplier is increasing its ability to build masses of iPhones in India
Foxconn will spend big bucks in India.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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.

Apple has ‘constructive’ meeting with India over local factory


Apple supplier is increasing its ability to build masses of iPhones in India
Apple's plans to set up shop in India are slowly but surely moving forward.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple has confirmed it has had a “constructive” meeting with the Indian government over plans to open a local manufacturing facility.

Its statement comes less than a week after the company issued a list of demands that included lengthy tax breaks and a waiver on customs duties.

Foxconn’s next plant could kill Apple leaks


Big Apple leaks could become a thing of the past.
Photo: Foxconn

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.

A rare and horrifying look at living conditions in an iPhone factory


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A Pegatron toilet that had to accommodate up to 40 workers.
Photo: The Daily Mail

A rare look inside the abandoned facilities where Chinese workers toiled away making iPhones reveals a grim environment that’s a long way from Silicon Valley’s plush lifestyle.

Depressing images reveal the tiny rooms where up to 12 Pegatron workers slept each night, the dirty dining areas where they ate, and the disgusting bathrooms where they washed.