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Apple CEO visits Foxconn iPhone factory

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has visited a controversial iPhone factory run by Foxconn in China, after allegations of, and investigations into, poor working conditions.

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has visited a controversial iPhone factory run by Foxconn in China, after allegations of, and investigations into, poor working conditions.

 
The visit, which is Cook's first to China since he took over from the late Steve Jobs, draws international attention back to how workers are treated in order to produce the lucrative iPhone and iPad devices.
 
Cook's appearance is likely designed to assure investors and customers that Apple takes these accusations seriously, so much so that the top dog is willing to check for himself. However, the problem is that Foxconn was likely made aware of the visit before he arrived, which means that things could be made to seem better than they really are on any other normal working day.
 
 
The problem for Apple is that in many ways it needs a positive spotlight on Foxconn, as the production of its popular devices would be impossible without it and similar companies.
 
Apple has an important relationship with China, not just because of the companies who manufacture and assemble its products, but because of deals with Chinese telecommunications firms for providing network coverage for the iPhone. This has led to Apple securing guarantees from the Chinese government that intellectual property protection would become a bigger priority.
 
Source: Reuters
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