WASHINGTON — Apple is investigating a factory in southwest mainland China after a labour rights group said the tech giant’s supplier forced student workers to work "like robots" to assemble its popular Apple Watch. Many were compelled to work in order to get their vocational degrees and had to do night shifts, according to an investigation by Hong Kong-based NGO Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). SACOM interviewed 28 students at the plant in Chongqing municipality over the summer, and all of them said they had not voluntarily applied to work there, according to the report published last week. They worked under the guise of "internships", SACOM said, a practice rights groups say is widespread in China as manufacturers pair up with vocational schools to supply workers and fill labour shortages when they ramp up production for new models or the Christmas rush. "Our graduation certificate will be withheld by the school if we refuse to come," said … [Read more...] about Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labour
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Never mind the Nano doing double duty. New scuttlebutt out of China suggests that Apple is teaming up with Intel to fashion a bona fide iOS-based watch. A report cited by Business Insider claims that Apple has partnered with Intel to develop an iOS watch. Supply chain sources reportedly told Chinese blog site Tech163.com that the watch would be Bluetooth-enabled and sport a 1.5-inch OLED screen. … [Read more...] about Apple rumor watch: iOS timepiece on drawing board?
In describing the appeal of the Apple Watch, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has focused on the word "personal." Having a screen strapped to your wrist creates a relationship of unprecedented intimacy with your favorite tech company—all while allowing you to get on with your life. Some who agree contend that bringing Apple closer will put an end to the iPhone's information overload and antisocial tendencies. They're wrong. TechCrunch co-Editor Matthew Panzarino laid out the utopian smartwatch scenario in an article published earlier this month entitled: "The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved." People who have been testing the watch, he wrote, have been able to conduct an increasing amount of their technological business directly from their wrists, allowing them to avoid "pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck." The Apple Watch doesn’t just keep track of time, it literally creates it! In 2013, tech writer Farhad … [Read more...] about Here’s why the Apple Watch won’t free you from your iPhone
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Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s line of watches is a chance for software makers to create a new class of apps -- an opportunity not seen since the company last unveiled a new product category in 2010 with the iPad. Apple Watch, which only works in conjunction with an iPhone, can collect data on the wearer through an accelerometer and built-in heart rate sensor, and includes voice commands and text-message notifications. Developers are betting that Apple's track record of building new markets will continue, creating a leg of growth on top of the $35 billion a year consumers already spend on purchases of mobile apps and virtual goods. The company also introduced WatchKit, which will give developers new tools to help extend their apps to Apple Watch. "It's a new transformational device, and there's more opportunity," Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics LLC, said in an interview. "It's going to be another gold rush, and some of the little guys have a chance at winning." In addition to … [Read more...] about Apple watch lifts hopes of app makers hungry for growth