As Apple prepares to start selling its new iPad Mini, workers at a Chinese factory that manufactures the product have been enduring chemical fumes, 12-hour work shifts and alleged company mismanagement as they assemble the new device.
Organizations looking to deploy iPads to users can get the same features and capabilities for significantly less money with the iPad Mini.
Expected high demand for the just-announced iPad mini, coupled with shortages on the panel supply chain, might lead to not enough tablets to satisfy market demand, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim.
The name Foxconn has become shorthand for the human costs of building the iPhone in China, linking Apple to bad publicity about worker suicides, deaths from a plant explosion and rioting factory workers. But many other companies besides Apple contract with the Taiwan-based firm to build their products.
At $249, or even $299 it seems like the Apple iPad Mini would be a slam dunk. At $329, it's in a category all by itself.
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the long-awaited iPad mini, along with the fourth-generation iPad.
The next seven days offer a slew of mobile product announcements and releases, ranging from Apple's anticipated iPad Mini to Microsoft's first tablet, refreshes from Samsung and Google, and a promotion of the first Windows 8 devices.