Apple supplier Foxconn has been using high school students to work extra hours to help assemble the iPhone X, the Financial Times has found. The students, aged 17 to 19, said that they were being "forced" to complete the three-month internship as a requirement for graduation.
Apple said it took prompt action when it found out about the matter.
Apple said: "During the course of a recent audit, we discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China".
"Our policies do not allow interns to work more than 40 hours per week on program-related assignments".
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One of the students revealed that they assembled 1200 cameras for the iPhone X in each shift, with no robots in sight.
Hon Hai is the exclusive assembler of the iPhone X and Apple didn't start selling its marquee device until November, nearly two months after the iPhone 8 hit shelves.
Six high school students told the Financial Times that they routinely worked 11-hour days, beyond the 40-hour work week limit allowed for student interns under Chinese law. Students were forced to work 11 hours a day.
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The report said such a plant with a base of 100,000 to more than 300,000 workers producing up to 20,000 iPhones a day.
Apple and Foxconn said they were taking remedial action. "Underage workers often enter the factories as student "interns" required to work at the factories by vocational schools".
Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication.
Most recently, a 10-year-old boy seemed to trick the iPhone X's facial recognition system - which like the smartwatch's cellular capabilities, was one of the key selling points - into unlocking because he looks enough like his mother. What we will not do - and never have done - is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. The issue lies in the overtime hours of students, which is illegal under Chinese law.
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