The China Labor Watch has leaked confirmation of the plastic iPhone in a labor report that accuses Pegatron and Apple of numerous labor abuses.
Here is the excerpt from a worker describing ‘A day in Pegatron’.
“The task on my assembly line is to assemble back covers. The assembling of other parts of the cell phone, including the final assembly into a finished product, is assigned to different production facilities, each facility partitioned off by heavy curtains so that workers in different departments are isolated from one other. Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple. The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.”
While Apple will have its hands full dealing with the labor abuses at Pegatron it will be interesting to see how it reacts to the China Labor Watch exposing its upcoming iPhone model to the public.