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40,000 petition Apple for "ethical" iPhone 5 manufacturing

SumOfUs has launched a petition to get Apple to create the iPhone 5 in a fully ethical manner, and has already garnered over 40,000 signatures.

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Tim Cook speaks out against claims of factory worker mistreatment

Apple CEO Tim Cook has followed up on the New York Times story about the human cost of manufacturing iPhones, iPads, and Macs in China with an email to Apple internal employee. In short, he takes issue with the Times.

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The human cost of manufacturing the iPhone, iPad, and other electronics in China

The New York Times has an interesting article up about the human cost of manufacturing, particularly the cost of supplying to Apple. It details how suppliers approach Apple and what is required of them to produce their products - such as the cost of parts, salaries, and any other costs associated with producing a finished product.

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Apple reportedly believes Chinese factories faster, more flexible than U.S. counterparts

According to The New York Times, not the cost of labor, not the cost of components, but rather the speed and flexibility with which Chinese factories can respond to manufacturing demands is reportedly the reason Apple prefers them over their U.S. counterparts.

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Foxconn to double size of iPhone factory in China

Foxconn is planning to double the size of their iPhone factory in China at a cost of $1.1 billion dollars, according to Chinese news site China Daily.

The base will be centered on the Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou, provincial capital of Henan, increasing its current production lines to 95, said the Henan provincial development and reform commission during a conference. The expansion plan, costing 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion), is expected to bring $20 billion in sales revenue in 2012, the commission said.

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