What you need to know
- Lens Technology is being accused of accepting forced labor.
- The company is a notable supply chain partner of Apple.
Reported by The Washington Post, Lens Technology has been accused of forced labor based on documents discovered by the Tech Transparency Project, a human rights group. The company supplies companies like Apple, Tesla, and Amazon with parts for their devices.
The human rights group claims that Lens Technology has been using forced labor from Uighur workers that have been transferred from Xinjiang, a claim that Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock disputes.
Lens Technology is a notable supplier of Apple, as the company won the contract to supply the glass screen covering for the original iPhone.
According to human rights groups, Uighur workers are being given the choice of working at companies like Lens Technology or being sent to a detention center.
Apple has been facing increasing accusations of forced labor existing in its supply chain. Earlier this month, a riot broke out at one of its supply chain partners over unpaid wages. The company, according to Apple, has now been placed on probation.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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