Reports that supplies of the iPhone 5 could be hit by industrial action at a factory run by Apple’s main Chinese manufacturing partner are wide of the mark, it has been claimed.
Last week, it was reported that Foxconn was facing a 3,000-4,000-strong strike at its Zhenzhou complex. The decision to down tools was reputed to have been caused by an edict ordering staff to work throughout the 7-day National Day holiday.
Exacting quality control on the part of the factory heads, presumably related to the handset’s vulnerability to chips and scratches on its aluminium parts, was also claimed to have sparked tension at the plant, leading to a breakdown in relations.
However, in a statement issued today, Foxconn has denied that a strike happened at all, claiming all reports about the incident are “inaccurate”. According to the company, “there has been no workplace stoppage in that facility of any other Foxconn facility and production has continued on schedule”.
Whether a strike did or didn’t happen, it’s fair to say that it could not have at a worse time for Apple, which is already thought to be struggling to cope with overwhelming demand for its sixth-generation smartphone.
Late last month, the Cupertino-based company announced the iPhone 5 sold five million units within three days of going on sale to become the fastest-selling iPhone ever.