Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly stepped up and is now requiring more frequent and in-depth inspections of Apple’s overseas plants. He has also reportedly introduced stricter management policies, DigiTimes said Monday. Apple allegedly discovered that a fingerprint was printed on one of the hardware components of its MacBook products ahead of the new refresh, which meant that the entire production line had to be checked for mistakes.
Apple started allowing third-party inspections in March – Tim Cook even paid a visit to a Foxconn factory in China – but those inspections revealed “excessive overtime” and health and safety risks. Apple and Foxconn cut back the number of overtime hours that workers were allowed to work, but several employees fired back and said they needed the extra pay that those hours provided.