Apple has placed an order for 10 million iPad minis for the holiday quarter, roughly double the order Amazon placed for the Kindle Fire for the same period, sources from Apple's supply chain informed the Wall Street Journal.
As we previously reported, image leaks and different sources have already informed the blogosphere that Apple has begun mass producing the iPad mini, but there were some issues in the supply chain causing a delay of up to 6 weeks. However, seems like everything is back to normal now, and the Cupertino company will be able to launch the iPad mini on October 17, as rumored.
Meanwhile, Apple is silent as usual, yet both WSJ and AllThingsD have published information about the iPad mini coming this month. The only roadblock might be the Foxconn strike.
As you may recall, 9to5mac reported a couple days ago that Foxconn has been forced to stop production of the iPhone 5, as up to 4,000 workers went on strike due to overtime demands and lack of training. The China Labor Watch report highlights that Foxconn management "raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills", leading to fights between quality-control staff and workers. The sudden rise in demands on product quality could be as a result of an Apple complaint: many iPhone 5 owners reported that their eagerly awaited device was defective out of the box (scratches on the exterior, etc.).
The strike could cause irreparable harm to Apple, especially when considering the launch of the iPad mini is near, although at this point it is unclear what effect this will have on the company's product supplies.
Meanwhile, Reuters has obtained an email statement from Foxconn claiming reports about an employee strike are inaccurate, and that "there has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility, and production has continued on schedule."
Reading the Reuters report, I would assume everything to be alright. Although there was indeed an issue on October 1–2, immediate measures were taken, so everything is fine now. My question is: until when? [Image credit: Sonny Dickson]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback