Apple Sends 5-8M “Dysfunctional” iPhones Back to Foxconn

by Todd Haselton | April 22, 2013

iPhone 5

Apparently Apple’s iPhone 5 issues with Foxconn aren’t over. A new report suggests that Apple recently rejected between 5 million and 8 million iPhone units and sent them back to the manufacturer, Foxconn. A report published by China Business first broke the news but was translated by The Register.

“That report, after being forced through a couple of translation engines, suggests Apple sent back at least five million iPhones, and maybe as many as eight million, “due to appearance of substandard or dysfunctional problems,'” The Register explained. It’s possible that the appearance problem is similar to what occurred after the iPhone 5 began shipping; at that time Apple had to tighten quality control at Foxconn because units were shipping with chipped edges and other defects.

Foxconn has said that the iPhone 5 is the most difficult phone it has ever had to build.



Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...