All-around good guy and GOP candidate Donald Trump, knows his way around a business. He’s earned billions by making business decisions in his own companies and thinks he’s the best man to seek business advice from. In this case, the way Apple’s manufacturing system operates.
Speaking to an audience at Liberty University earlier today, Mr Trump as he’s so fondly referred to on the Apprentice, shared some of his insights on how to make Apple more American.
We’re not talking about Apple Pie here.
The name Ming Chi Kuo is often affiliated with spot-on foresights of how the Cupertino-based company will set plans well into the future. Building a long list of prophetic calls over his time at KGI Securities, he is a force to be reckoned with – the Nostradamus of Apple, minus the ambiguity. Apparently, when concerning the likeliness of iPhones carrying AMOLED screens, he’s calling it a bluff, at least until 2019 comes around.
Apple’s main manufacturing contractor, Foxconn, is currently discussing plans with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry to build a new $1 billion facility in the republic. The new manufacturing plant will create approximately 1 million jobs in a region where the average monthly wage is around US$100 (about RM315) a month.
Foxconn already operates several manufacturing plants in China and Brazil, where it assembles electronic goods for many of the world’s biggest technology companies. The company stated that it was attracted to Indonesia over Malaysia and Vietnam due to its high rate of economic growth – around 6 per cent a year. In addition, Foxconn says that the planned Indonesian plant will help manufacture “good quality products and make them available in the markets at lower prices.”
Foxconn projects that the plant to create over 1 million jobs once completed but is quick to point out that “nothing is finalized yet”.
Foxconn makes iPhones, a lot of iPhones, along with other Apple products like the iPad and iPod touch, and gadgets from other big tech companies too like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. And if someone of a considerable deal of influence — say, like the Chairman of Foxconn — talks about an anticipated product that has not been released yet, you can bet that there’s some degree of credibility in what that person says.
In this case, Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou told China Times at a recent annual shareholder’s meeting straight up that consumers should “wait for the launch of the iPhone 5″ because “the new model will put Samsung’s Galaxy III to shame”.
Those are mighty words coming from a man that would probably know more about the iPhone 5 than anyone else outside of Cupertino and it makes you wonder if Apple does see Samsung and the Galaxy S III as a real threat. It also makes you that little bit more curious as to what goodies the new iPhone will bring when it is unveiled possibly this October.
As for now, all we know about the iPhone 5 are rumours including a longer and thinner all-aluminium body housing a 4-inch screen that is expected to have a high enough screen resolution for Apple to tag the Retina Display name on it.
Let us see a show of virtual hands, how many of you are holding off your next smartphone purchase just to see what the new iPhone will bring?
Apple and Foxconn opened its door to the media for the first time amidst controversy surrounding weeks of intense scrutiny on worker treatment at Foxconn and other Apple suppliers in China. This is the first time ever cameras are allowed inside Apple’s Foxconn factory in China.
What are your thoughts?
Funny or tasteless? Your thoughts? Another example for discussion after the jump.
iPhone 4 or your iPad are superficial compared to the much dearer cost to humanity. For many months Foxconn has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, suicides and complaints of employees being poorly treated are synonym with one of the world’s largest outsourced manufacturer of some of the biggest tech names in the world.
Are these notion true or are they just a means to sabotage Apple? Would you forgive yourself knowing that the Apple iDevice that is your pride and joy are made under inhumane conditions? If you knew that your iPhone, iPad or MacBook Air is made by children, would Apple products still be appealing to you?
If you’re a tech junkie then you must watch the series of interviews after the jump and the answer will be clear. The interview of Mike Daisey talks about how kids who were as young as 11 worked 16 hour days to assembling iPhones and iPads by hand. He shares how one worker mangled his hand on the iPad line, but didn’t receive medical treatment for his injuries. He went back to work making iPads but was fired for being slow.
For Apple and gadget fans alike, be prepared to confront the uncomfortable truth. More importantly for all of us, are we prepared to pay the real cost of ensuring that our favourite devices are made under the right values and virtues?
Mike Daisey is on a mission and is calling on Apple — the industry leader — to set the standard and improve working conditions at Foxconns. If Steve Jobs could innovate devices with its iPhones, iPads and iPods, this shouldn’t be impossible to do. Nike made the change and shed its sweatshop image, there’s no reason Apple can’t do the same.
Those who’ve just gotten an iPad will probably read this and weep. Reuters reports that Foxconn — the manufacturer of everything Apple — will start shipping the new iPad — until now only known as the iPad 2 — as early as the end of February 2011.
It is revealed that an initial shipment of 400,000 to 600,000 units are expected come February 2011.
The report, citing unnamed sources from a Taiwan-based components maker that supplies Foxconn with components, claims that Apple originally planned to start mass production in January 2011 but the plans were postponed since the device’s firmware was still being tested.
Although this is unconfirmed and is still technically classified as a rumour, the sources from which this juicy piece of information was revealed makes the February 2011 shipment of the new iPad an almost certainty, and with that you can expect to see Apple launching the device on April 2011 as speculated.
Looking at the way things have been going with the iPhone launches, we are expecting the new iPad to be launched across more markets on the same day as the device’s debut in the US. Although, we don’t think Malaysia will be on the list to receive the first wave of shipments but here’s hoping.
Some of the enhancements that’s expected to be on the iPad 2 include, dual camera with FaceTime, Retina Display and a thinner, lighter form factor. For the latest on the new iPad, keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com