“The Fight Broke Out Due To Personal Disputes In Dormitory of Foxconn”: Xinhua News Agency

Around 2,000 workers at the employee dormitory of Foxconn Technology went into a brawl, forcing the company to shut down its operations in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan.

Foxconn deals in assembling electronics for some of the top electronics companies including Apple. Following the fight, around 40 people were admitted to the hospital.

As reported in Xinhua News Agency, the fight broke out due to the personal dispute between workers from the Shandong province and those from the Henan province.

The authorities at the Taiyuan sent around 5,000 police personnel to restore the order. The fight started at 11 p.m. and was brought under control by 3 a.m by the police officials.

The plant stayed closed for investigation on Monday.

Some reports also indicate that the workers were fighting with factory guards, who had beaten one or more workers; however, that is not confirmed as yet. On being asked to comment, Foxconn remained unavailable.

Information regarding the manufacturing of which product at the site is undisclosed. Foxconn Electronics makes Apple iPad and iPhones, along with products for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

Earlier also, Foxconn plant in China was under trouble, following the reports of various worker suicides in Shenzhen in 2010, which made the firm install anti-suicide nets around its building. In May 2011, there was an explosion at the company’s plant in Chengdu, which left three people dead and 16 injured.

Apple had asked the firm to release its own suicide prevention review. In January 2012, the Cupertino Calif.-based firm took out its own audit of worker conditions across its entire supply chain, including Foxconn plants, finding labor and environmental violations.

Apple also united with the Fair Labor Association, which ran its own independent audits of three Foxconn facilities. This association discovered that over one-half of the employees at Foxconn’s assembly plants went beyond the firm’s 60 hour-per-week work limit.

Foxconn Electronics also got criticism with reports that indicated that the firm was forcing vocational workers to make iPhones to meet demands for Apple’s latest iPhone 5. These claims were however, denied by Foxconn, who said that workers at the plant going through school programs were permitted to leave at any time.… Read the rest

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Blockbuster Sale For iPhone 5, Apple Sells Five Million Devices In Just Three Days

In a press release, Apple Inc announced selling a huge number of five million iPhone 5 devices in just three days following its launch in the market.

The demand of iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply, with Apple taking pre-orders for delivery in October.

The Cupertino Calif.-based firm also said that around 100 million iOS devices were updated to its latest iOS 6, in just few days after it was launched.

The iPhone 5 was launched on September 21st in many countries including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK.

It will hit the shelves in 22 more countries on September 28th. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

By 2012 end, the iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries.

According to the Apple Press Info on the firm’s website, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple says, “Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.” He said, “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

The iPhone 5 is available in the US in different versions including 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB for a price of $199, $299, and $399 respectively via carriers such as Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.… Read the rest

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iPhone5 Hits The Shelves In Nine Countries, Release Date In India Still Unknown

D-day is here. 21st Sept.

Today evening, the iPhone 5 is set to hit the shelves in Apple Stores in nine countries, going on sale in the US, at 8 am- the local time.

In much anticipation, eager buyers have already formed long queues outside the stores all over the world.

All happy customers were greeted with ‘iPhone 5’ ‘iPhone 5’ slogans and a ‘hi-five’ as they entered the stores to buy their precious sleek smartphone.

This latest sixth generation iPhone 5 is out in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

The never-ending excitement is still buzzing as it rolls out worldwide to 22 more countries on Sept. 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The iPhone 5 comes in a choice of two colors including black/slate and white/silver. It can be bought in three versions such as 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB at a price range of $199, $299, and $399 respectively.

The wait, it seems it going to be bit longer for Apple fans in India as its release date in the country is still unknown.… Read the rest

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Revamped Version Of iPod Nano Is Here To Make Gaming More Fun

Along with the announcement of much-awaited the iPhone 5, Apple also introduced a revamped version of its original innovation: the iPod in a range of exciting colors for maximum fun.

At the Apple press event, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple uncovered and talked about a range of improvements that the firm made to both the iPod Touch and iPod nano.

Adding the upgraded Siri to the iPod Touch, along with AirPlay, is seen by many as Apple’s way to hit the gaming market with a bang.  The slimmer and faster iPod Touch is designed to offer fast dual-core performance with sharp and bright graphics. The App Store comes filled with around 100,000 games, where gamers can never get bored. There’s also a Game Center- the social gaming hub, where all gamers can get together to embark on a challenge with their favorite games.

With endless games to play and unlimited music to listen to, Apple’s latest iPod Touch comes upgraded to the more-powerful A5 processor, a 4-inch, 1136 x 640 pixel display, same as the iPhone, the latest version of iOS and a 5-megapixel camera.

With the new iSight camera and iOS 6’s Panorama feature, iPod Touch offers bright and vivid display. There’s also Facebook integrated in Touch and users can even ask Siri to post pictures and updates.

Then there’s the latest iPod Nano, which as per Apple is completely ‘renanoed’. With 5.4 mm display, the iPod Nano is thinnest and has a 2.5-inch multi touch display. For music, photos, and videos, Nano is fun and exciting in wonderful colors.

With a sleek look, Nano hits the music market and the Touch target gamers and photo enthusiasts with some latest features that even the iPhone 5 holds.… Read the rest

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Just Within an Hour, Apple’s iPhone 5 Pre-orders Sold Out With a Bang!

Apple has been keeping the web and news all over in a loop following the launch of its sixth-generation smartphone iPhone 5.

Apple started taking pre-orders for its iPhone 5 yesterday at 3:01 am and within an hour, online shoppers were told it’s sold out.

All online shoppers visiting the Apple Store were told that the orders for iPhone 5 won’t ship for at least two weeks. Just as the online site opened for pre-orders, there was a blowup of demand, which made it all sold out for 21st Sept.

However, opportunity for those in Washington was still open, as at around 10 am, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint were still taking pre-orders for shipping estimates of Sept. 21.

The iPhone 5- long-awaited smartphone of the year has been revamped with small notable changes that have made it the latest and technologically upgraded choice. Made of sleek glass and aluminum, Apple has made the iPhone 5, 12 percent less in volume, 18 percent thinner, and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. The phone is the sleekest, largest, fastest iPhone that Apple has ever made.

Following the announcement, Apple shares opened at a record high Friday at $689.96 per share, and kept soaring, hitting $694 by 3 pm.

The smartphone is clearly a hit, it’s the best Apple has ever launched. But for those who still need more convincing, let’s take a look at the iPhone5 pros and cons:

Thin and Sleek: The iPhone 5 is taller, thinner, and lighter than its predecessors. This phone boasts a 4-inch screen than iPhone 4S, which makes it a great choice for watching HD videos and reading. The iPhone 5 weighs 112grams, and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, which surely makes it a pro.

Stunning Retina Display: Along with a bigger display, iPhone 5 also has a larger Retina display, with 18 percent more pixels for 1136-by-640 resolution as compared to 4S. The latest Apple smartphone has 44 percent greater color saturation than before with an improved camera sensor. This feature also makes the phone a pro. 

Faster Performance and Graphics: The new iPhone 5 runs on an A6 chip, which runs twice as fast as the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S. With A6 chip, users can get a better mobile gaming experience, along with faster web surfing.

4G LTE: The 4G LTE technology of iPhone 5 will offer ultrafast wireless speed, making it much easier to consume data online. This fourth generation feature is also available on Apple’s iPad.

A Smaller and Smarter Connector: With iPhone 5, Apple has changed the trend of using 30-pin connector, which was used to charge the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5 will come with a small connector, which is made with a all-digital, eight-signal design. Called Lightning, the new dock connector will have faster transfer speeds.

Pricing: As with all Apple latest release, iPhone 5 is also priced a little high. The iPhone 5 makes an expensive purchase at $199 and up. This could be a con as there are many other smartphones out in the market, which come with similar features at a much lower cost including Samsung, Android phones, and Windows phones.

Considering all the updated features and the fact that Apple sold-out all pre-orders within one hour is surely impressive. As with all previous launches, this release by Apple has also drawn big lines outside the stores, which surely makes the iPhone a hit already, even with a hole in the pocket!… Read the rest

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With iPhone 5 Apple’s Shares Rise by 1.4 Percent, Expected To Be A Major Booster To It’s Sales

Tech giant and world’s most valuable firm; Apple Inc uncovered its latest next-gen smartphone, iPhone 5, which came out after a long wait of almost a year, just as iPhone 4S was launched.

The new version of iPhone is quite similar to what was speculated. It boasts a larger screen, faster chip, cool looks and supports speedier wireless networks. With its latest offering, Apple hopes to lead and stay ahead of its rivals- Samsung, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj who are its biggest competitors in the smartphone market, which stands at a value of $219.1 billion.

The cost of iPhone 5 ranges from $199 to $399.

With a glass and aluminum casing, the stylish iPhone 5 has a chip to process commands swiftly. The 4-inch screen is slightly bigger than its predecessors, which had 3.5-inches screens.

Apple also worked on its mobile software, adding 3D mapping, closer integration with Facebook and improvements on the Siri voice-recognition tool. With the revamped speech-command service Siri, users of iPhone 5 will be able to search for sports scores and make dinner reservations by simply speaking to the smartphone.

Following the launch of the enhanced iPhone 5, Apple’s shares gained 1.4 percent to $669.79 as of the close in New York, extending this year’s surge in Apple’s stock to 65 percent.

With iPhone 5, Apple hopes to sell around 48.2 million units by the end of Christmas season.

Since the debut of iPhones in 2007, Apple has sold more than 244 million units, which made the handset accountable for Apple’s two-thirds of profit.

Apple iPhone 5 is predicted to be the biggest hit of Apple’s smartphones so far.

The new iPhone, Apple’s sixth since 2007, works with LTE, data networks, which were introduced by companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. Samsung and Google’s Motorola Mobility also offer handsets that run on LTE, which carriers say offer quicker video, music and other content downloads, compared with the existing wireless networks.

Adding a bigger screen is Apple’s way of following a trend, which Samsung, HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility started with their smartphones.

During the event, Apple also announced a new version of its updated iPod Touch wireless music player.

Pre-orders of iPhone 5 start today, Sept. 14th. The phone will hit the shelves on Sept. 21st. According to analysts, Apple may sell 10 million units of iPhone 5 by September end and the total number may reach to 48.2 million by December.

To achieve that big a mark poses a tough challenge to Apple, as the rivals are all set to prove they can break more ground and outshine more than the Cupertino Calif.-based company.… Read the rest

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