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Tuesday
Aug212012

Apple and Foxconn Make Progress on Working Conditions at Factories

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Fair Labor Association (FLA) says conditions are improving for the Chinese workers who assemble iPad and iPhones for Apple. Back in March, the FLA released a report on the poor conditions at Apple’s Foxconn supplier. The organization gave a long list of recommendations to Apple and Foxconn, and both Apple and Foxconn agreed to follow them.

Now, five months later, the FLA says that Foxconn has completed 280 action items on time or ahead of schedule.

“Our verification shows that the necessary changes, including immediate health and safety measures, have been made,” Auret van Heerden, president and CEO of the Fair Labor Association, said in a statement. “We are satisfied that Apple has done its due diligence thus far to hold Foxconn accountable for complying with the action plan, including the commitment to reform its internship program.”

Apple and Foxconn made a number of physical changes in the last few months to improve worker safety, including more testing of equipment and changes to prevent repetitive stress injuries. A detailed report of the improvements is posted on the FLA website.

Foxconn also took steps to improve working hours, but it still has not reached the final goal. By July 1, 2013, Foxconn has promised to reduce worker hours to the legal limit of 49 hours per week and stabilize pay. Foxconn has already reduced the workload to under 60 hours per week.

“The next phase of improvements will be challenging for Foxconn because they involve major changes in the working environment that will inevitably cause uncertainty and anxiety among workers,” van Heerden said. Making changes to the working hours are among the 76 remaining action items that Foxconn has to accomplish before next July.

Apple was reported to have become history’s most valuable company Monday, though the numbers did not account for inflation.  It has sold approximately 37 million iPhones and 15.4 million iPads in the last three months of last year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar192012

Three Million New iPads Sold Over Launch Weekend

Apple(NEW YORK) -- We now have an idea of what Apple meant when they said the demand for the new iPad was “off the charts.”

The company has just revealed it sold three million iPads since they went on sale on Friday morning, March 16. That number includes online pre-orders, which people have been able to place starting when the new iPad was announced March 7.

This marks the biggest launch weekend for any version of the iPad ever. One million iPad 2s were sold in the first week of its availability, and it took 28 days for the original iPad to hit the one-million mark in 2010.  AT&T also set a new single-day record for iPad sales and activations on March 16.

The new iPad, which starts at $499, has a high-resolution Retina display, an improved 5-megapixel iSight camera, a faster A5x processor, and 4G LTE options.

The rest of the tablet makers have seen a minor fraction of that sort of success. It is estimated that Amazon sold 4.7 million of its Kindle Fires in the entire fourth quarter of 2011, and analysts say RIM sold 500,000 of its BlackBerry Playbook tablets in their first quarter on the market. Samsung and Motorola haven’t released numbers on sales of their respective tablets.

Earlier Monday Apple announced that it would begin paying shareholders billions of dollars in dividends, signaling a big change from the Steve Jobs era of management. Still, despite the loss of its iconic CEO, Apple seems to be in a better place than ever -- three million tablets in just under four days is about to put even more cash in Apple’s estimated $98 billion piggy bank.

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