“Details of just what went wrong are sketchy, as the source for this tale is an anonymous Foxconn staffer chatting to China Business,” Simon Sharwood reports for The Register.
“That report, after being forced through a couple of translation engines, suggests Apple sent back at least five million iPhones, and maybe as many as eight million, ‘due to appearance of substandard or dysfunctional problems,'” Sharwood reports. “With a cost to manufacture of $US200 apiece, Foxconn is apparently preparing to take a hit of up to $1.6bn to cover the cost of making replacement handsets.”
Sharwood reports, “China Business is silent on which model of iPhone failed Apple’s quality tests.”
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MacDailyNews Take: So, who’s up for a game of Chinese whispers?
If this report is true, most likely these were iPhone 5 units, early in the production ramp last year when reports of problems came to light.
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