Amazing the customers since its very release with the thinness and lightness, iPhone 5 has broken the record of the fastest selling Apple’s device. Along with the huge demand, there’s also been supply shortage, causing fallen sales.
iPhone 5 is being assembled in Zhengzhou plant of the Foxconn Technology Group located in central China and in southern China in Guan Lan. The reasons behind the supply shortages have been clarified by an unnamed official of the factory. He admitted that the company’s workforce had been having difficulties with assembling Apple’s flagship device by saying:
“The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled. To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated. It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.”
The previously spread rumor about the conflict between assembly line workers and quality inspectors in Zhengzhou has also been confirmed by the unnamed source, caused by some quality issues” he didn't elaborate. The official added that the Zhengzhou plant is just about one year old and thus, the executives are “still learning how to manage the work force there”.
The executive says to have taken measures for productivity improvement and for eliminating scratches on the metal casings of some new iPhones that were shipped. Noting that a new coating material of the iPhone 5 makes it more susceptible to scratching, he said: “It’s always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs.”
The thing to note is that according to the widely shared speculations, the backplate for the iPad Mini announced to arrive in less than a week will be same material is the iPhone 5, so it’ll be quite interesting to see if the manufacturers will experience the same problems with the much-awaited tablet as well.