Making the iPhone 5: It’s Complicated

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Just how hard is Apple’s latest smartphone to produce? “The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled,” a representative for the production facility recently commented in a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The remarks arrive after a considerable supply shortage for the popular device. The unnamed representative, however, noted the company was improving and that such production simply took time to learn.

Among other steps, Foxconn indicated it had added safeguards against iPhone scratches by setting up a new quality assurance check.

The iPhone 5 was released last month to munch fanfare. And despite mostly solid reviews, the device received criticism for its reliance on a new map application via a partnership with TomTom. But it’s something Apple has insisted will receive improvement.

Foxconn, meanwhile, has remained a controversial partner in Apple’s product strategy. The Asian-based manufacturer has received criticism for worker conditions.