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Stricter quality control may lead iPhone 5 production to slow down

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Stricter quality control may lead iPhone 5 production to slow down
That the aluminum body of the iPhone 5 is fairly easy to scratch is something that we already know. Even a child can do it without much effort! But when you open up the box only to find an iPhone 5 inside with a nasty dent on its side, that's a whole different story. A number of owners have reported finding imperfections on their units, despite never dropping or misusing them in any way.

Apparently, Apple has taken note of the situation and is addressing the issue seriously. Bloomberg reports that quality control at Foxconn factories where the smartphone is being assembled will be taken up a notch. As a result, metal iPhone 5 frames with nicks and dents should not end up being used in the assembly process. 

Unfortunately, the stricter quality control will surely lead to a slowdown in iPhone 5 production. And that isn't a good thing, especially considering how high demand for Apple's newest smartphone is. But when you think about it, it is probably better for Apple to ensure its customers are getting a flawless iPhone 5 out of the box, instead of having to deal with returns and sending out replacement units. Don't you agree?

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:09 2

1. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Its a good thing that they have listened to their customers.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:53 16

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


A month too late!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:24 2

6. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Yeah the damage is already done, but its the first time apple have put customers before sales and profit. Its a step in good direction.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:11 9

19. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Can they fix the faulty purple camera for those poor ifans also?!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 20:11

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If the camera is so faulty, then y did it Just smoke the gs3 one x and lumia 900 the other day? Oh and go on consumer reports and read what they said about the gs3 and a couple other hi end android phones purple camera flare.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 21:03

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If the camera is so faulty, then y did it Just smoke the gs3 one x and lumia 900 the other day? Oh and go on consumer reports and read what they said about the gs3 and a couple other hi end android phones purple camera flare.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 22:35

44. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I was just a bit optimistic there, I seriously want Apple to change their attitude towards their customers and fix all their problems(Atleast the major ones like maps, camera etc).

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:56 4

7. Aeires (unregistered)


You mean they listen to their shareholders. Customers are going to repeat buy their products no matter what, shareholders are a different problem.

And yes, AAPL is on a steady decline.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:13 3

20. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


No matter what? Tell that to folks who used to call them "Crackberries." No company is invincible, not even Apple.

Also don't be so fickle to only look at one quarter of stock prices. I think I've been on this site for about 5 years or so and I've heard "Apple is going downhill" since their stock prices were $300 a share...thank god you're not an investment banker huh?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:19

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said bro

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:40 4

23. Aeires (unregistered)


Blackberry doesn't, nor probably ever had, the level of customer loyalty that Apple enjoys. While I agree, any company can fall, it doesn't appear that Apple's customers are anywhere close to jumping ship, regardless of how poorly they fumble.

Apple's shareholders are changing, the new crowd is less tolerant of failure than they used to be. Now that Steve is gone, many question the decisions being made. While Apple doesn't listen to their customers, they have to listen to the shareholders so it's a different story on that side of the coin.

And I'm not one of those "Apple is going to die" people, but I do believe they are headed in the direction of being just another company if they keep blundering.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:21 8

2. wando77 (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Maybe they are just prepping their excuse as to why they are being outsold by the gs3 ;)

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:53 8

4. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Samsung is also releasing a 4 inch gs3 mini for the fans who love the iphone 5 like 4 inch mini screen!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:19 3

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I was wondering that myself. Got to blame low sales on something. In any event, I don't think Apple is going to be putting up the sales numbers they were expected to be putting up.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:54 3

5. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Too Late!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:49 3

16. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


"As a result, metal iPhone 5 frames with nicks and dents should end up being used in the assembly process." ?

So they are gonna continue using bad casings?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:10 3

18. Nick_T (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Nope, sorry for the confusion.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:20

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's a mis print

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:32

26. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


aight now GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME!!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:36

30. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


So now with the average shipping time being 3-4 weeks, are we going to see it become 6-8 weeks. I cannot imagine purchasing a phone only having to wait up to a month to get it, let alone two. It's like pre-ordering a device before launch thats already been launched.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 17:45

39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Which is why I posted that Apple won't be putting up the sales numbers the analyst community has been expecting.

Sounds Sammy is going to have another blow-out quarter for GS III sales....

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 19:58

40. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


WTF is wrong with A-Rod? 300 million dollar bust, jeter shoulda got that money

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 04:46

47. SvbZero (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Just purchased mine yesterday.. I too am victim to this :( But thank GOD I see only one.. A very small dent which is noticeable because you can see an area w/o paint. I'm happy with mine though.. And I truly feel for others that may be a lot worse & warrant a replacement.

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