Foxconn cuts 50,000 workers earlier than expected, due to slowing smartphone sales

18 January 2019
The contract workers reportedly come from the factory that builds iPhones.

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  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 18 Jan 2019Why are smartphone sales slowing?Lack of innovation and high ownership rate, units and sales numbers will continue to plummet unless we start seeing something new and practical.

  • Marcio

And despite iphones being the msot expensive on the market, despite the royalties Apple doesn't pay and all the lawsuits Apple is getting it refuses to pay a decent salary for these workers.
Apple really is a mercenary corporation and it's trying to do it's own ecosystem that even some people find that it's the best there is...
In the meanwhile, an enteprise way bigger than Apple which is Google launches an open source mobile OS called Android for everybody to use.
Expect Apple cutting down it's profits again for 2019 or like always, making it's iphones more expensive.
Well, i don't mind, apple can price them at 2K, people will still buy it xD

Remmant, 18 Jan 2019It's sad but that is what happens when executives maximize ... moreWell I guess you don`t read much about foxcon. There were many suicide attempts because of unhuman conditions and very low payments. Poor workers just don`t have a choice, they need a job to be able to buy some food.

I feel sorry for poor workers too for sure, but we should take a look from another perspective too. It`s a waste of resources and unnecessary pollution to manufacture a lot of phones if there is no demand.

Search the net and see how many new unused cars are stored in graveyards because they were produced but there was no real demand for them. Unfortunately companies will not sell the new models discounted because that way everybody would stop buying the cars at launch and wait for the discounts. F@cking money hungry attitude, where ppl only look how to benefit in the short term and don`t care about long term outcomes got us where we are today.

Kuba, 21 Jan 2019only very shallow people must buy shiny new things to prove... moreYou must not have lived there very long if you don't know why. Everything about Chinese socio-economics has to do with status symbols.

  • Kuba

only very shallow people must buy shiny new things to prove their worth. I'm European living in China. I use cheap phone for 250USD, and I always wonder why Chinese people who earn 10% of what i earn spend their whole month or 2 months salary to buy new iPhone.

ProJames-CHM, 19 Jan 2019That's untrue. Can you get your Android phone throttled whe... moreHahaha Naisu!

No more., 19 Jan 2019The cost of what you tell in front of what customers pay is... moreI assure you the price of iPhones is perfectly reasonable for bleeding-people-wallets-edge technology such as rounded corner icons. You can't have this degree of innovation on Android.

Anonymous, 19 Jan 2019Stop it right now. You can't do many things in most expensi... moreThat's untrue. Can you get your Android phone throttled when the battery is slightly swollen? Can you get repairs that almost cost the price of a new device? Can you get your Android phone inoperative by receiving a single character?

Well, can you?

Kiyasuriin, 19 Jan 2019Since when you became a protector of apple...? O_oSince you can use iPhones to cut through diamond walls. That's what I call "cutting sides technology".

(I thought that the first statement would give away the fact I was sarcastic)

Kiyasuriin, 19 Jan 2019Since when you became a protector of apple...? O_oThat statement is a total sarcasm... Or the user is 5 years behind today's standards

HTC and Blackberry said, "Hello, Apple. Welcome to the club".

  • Anonymous

100 to 200 thousand. Must be a quality control nightmare.

  • Anonymous

dudecool, 19 Jan 2019People dont want to pay over $1000 for a phone, especially ... moreWho pays 1000 dollars for a new phone when a generations older ome costs 29 dollars to replace the battery?

No wonder they seal them now.

  • Badluckbrian

Kiyasuriin, 19 Jan 2019Since when you became a protector of apple...? O_oWhen your sarcasm to advance and people become confused

  • Anonymous

ProJames-CHM, 19 Jan 2019Can you theme it? Yup. You have the choice between True Whi... moreStop it right now. You can't do many things in most expensive iPhone. But you can do anything you want in cheaper android phone.

ProJames-CHM, 19 Jan 2019Can you theme it? Yup. You have the choice between True Whi... moreSince when you became a protector of apple...? O_o

WTF.. silly action from Foxconn to backup & support on going court cased between Q Vs A.. Whole world know not only Iphone made in that factory but all chinese phone also made there. Some more those worker not permanent staff, just daily hired worker aka "first come first serve" staff without single employment benefit.

  • No more.

ProJames-CHM, 19 Jan 2019Can you theme it? Yup. You have the choice between True Whi... moreThe cost of what you tell in front of what customers pay is a misery. Keep trying, but most have already noticed and you will not stop. the cost of what you tell in front of what customers pay is a misery. Keep trying, but most have already noticed and you will not stop.

  • dudecool

People dont want to pay over $1000 for a phone, especially when it isnt a big improvement over phones even from 3 years ago...

  • Anonymous

apple is the new BB?