FORTUNE -- Foxconn made headlines last week when it announced plans to build a $30 million factory in Pennsylvania that will create 300 American jobs within two years.
To put that in perspective, consider the stats the Wall Street Journal's Lorraine Luk rattled off Wednesday in her report on how Foxconn managed to shorten wait times for (AAPL) iPhone 5S from 2-3 weeks to 3-5 business days:
Foxconn is the trade name of Taiwan-based Hon Hai, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer. Apple is its biggest customer.
The world's largest electronics manufacturer does have other clients.
FORTUNE -- If something sounded familiar about Lorraine Luk's headline in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal -- As Apple Feels Bite, Hon Hai Looks to Diversify -- it may be because we've heard that tune a lot lately.
Just in the past three weeks, journalists have attributed to Apple's (AAPL) loss of "steam" everything from Harvard's divestiture of a few hundred Apple shares to the structure of Sharp's survival plan. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 28, 2013 3:45 PM ET
A suicide story that broke on Saturday had fallen apart by Monday.
FORTUNE -- The Agence France Press headline that moved over the business wires Saturday morning seemed like deja vu all over again:
Three new factory suicides at Apple supplier Foxconn
Citing only a statement issued by China Labor Watch in New York, the news agency reported that the deaths occurred at a Foxconn factory in the central city of Zhengzhou and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2013 12:37 PM ET
Once again, the paper twists itself into a pretzel to find the Apple-is-doomed angle.
FORTUNE -- Readers who remember the New York Times' 2012 investigation of conditions in the Chinese factories that build iPads and iPhones for Apple (AAPL) -- the article that described Apple as "reprehensible" and "morally repugnant" -- may be surprised if they open Tuesday's business section and read this lead paragraph:
"Terry Gou did almost everything that Apple could ask MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 7, 2013 7:45 AM ET
A Reuters headline has some Apple watchers scratching their heads.
FORTUNE -- A Taipei-datelined Reuters story getting widely picked up Wednesday uses "disappointing" twice in six paragraphs to describe sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.
"Disappointing demand" for the iPhone between January and March is blamed for the 19% drop in the first-quarter revenue of Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones in its Foxconn factories.
"Disappointing holiday sales" in the previous quarter are said to have "reinforced MORE
A liberal think tank has a novel idea: Give some of that cash to Apple's workers
FORTUNE -- The first paragraph of the commentary posted Wednesday on the website of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank founded by, among others, Clinton-era labor secretary Robert Reich, lays out the thrust of the argument pretty succinctly:
"For more than a year, there has been a high-profile debate over what Apple should do MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 20, 2013 12:20 PM ET
But not because of slowing iPhone 5 sales, as had been reported
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) battered shares took another hit Wednesday -- down $8.84, nearly 2%, for the day -- after the Financial Times attributed a hiring freeze at the Foxconn factories that assemble many of Apple's products to a slowdown in iPhone 5 production.
The stock didn't recover, even after a Foxconn spokesman flatly denied that the freeze had anything MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 21, 2013 6:42 AM ET
Take that CNET! Gotcha Gizmodo!
FORTUNE -- A little cultural relativism goes a long way when struggling with first-world problems -- like the flaws in Apple's (AAPL) new Maps app -- as Saturday Night Live comes to the iPhone 5's defense. Video now available on YouTube. Get it while you can.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 15, 2012 7:03 AM ET
The contract manufacturer has become a symbol for worker abuse, but the Apple partner isn't the only bad actor in China.
By Bill Powell, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Hon Hai Precision, a.k.a. Foxconn, has become synonymous with emblematic 21st-century workplace misery. In late September, worker brawls triggered riots at a Foxconn assembly plant in central China. From January to June in 2010, 14 workers at Foxconn's massive operation in Shenzhe -- a MOREFortune Editors - Oct 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
How Amazon could tackle smartphones with one of its own; what it's like to live at a 'hacker hostel'
Amazon's said to plan smartphone to vie with Apple [BLOOMBERG]
Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., the Chinese mobile-phone maker, is working with Amazon on the device, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. Amazon is seeking to complement the smartphone strategy by acquiring patents that MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 6, 2012 9:45 AM ET
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