What you need to know
- No fewer than seven Apple suppliers have been accused of using forced labor.
- The suppliers are accused of operating little sort of a prison in Xinjiang, China.
Apple finds itself in the middle of another forced labor storm after no fewer than seven of its suppliers were accused of using forced labor in Xinjiang, China.
In a report by The Information, accusations include factories that resemble prisons including guard towers.
This isn't the first time that particular supplier has been in the spotlight – photos taken in December 2018 included some troubling sights – including barbed-wire topped walls and the aforementioned guard towers.
Apple, in a statement provided to The Information, was quick to say that it carries out assessments of its suppliers and that forced labor is one of the aspects investigated during those assessments.
The full report, while paywalled, is absolutely worth a read. It's also notable that many of the firms mentioned in the report also produce parts used by companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.