The success of the iPhone has highlighted an issue with Foxconn and its working conditions, and while Apple say they have tried to help improve working conditions, we know that the blame should rest on the Taiwanese company owners. However, if what we are hearing about the iPhone 6 production process is true, then the tide could be turning.
According to latest reports, we should expect to see the iPhone 6 assembled with precession because Foxconn could be about to introduce robots to assemble Apple’s next version of the iPhone. The manufacturer is said to be putting 10,000 robots in place to take over what human workers would have once done.
If we are to believe the figures reported by Apple Insider, then each robot should be able to build 30,000 devices each year, meaning a total of 300 million every year. If this is the case, then it will not just be the iPhone 6 that will benefit from the improved manufacturing process, but other products made at the plant as well.
We are a little skeptical on these figures after facturing in the cost of these robots, as they are said to cost around $20,000 to $25,000 each, meaning a total cost of $200 to $250 million.
Even though this is not a lot of money in the grand scale of things, we are not sure Apple would be willing to sink that amount of investment into Foxconn, although they would more than likely share that cost.
Having said that, the thought of robots taking place of humans to build the iPhone 6 will have a mixed response, although there are more positives than negatives.
We know that there will be a loss of jobs, but then working conditions will improve and so will the overall build of whatever product these robots are programmed to do, as they will not slow like humans and will not be affected by moods, which could have an effect on production.