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Plastic iPhone Confirmed by Pegatron Employee

by Todd Haselton | July 29, 2013July 29, 2013 8:00 am PST


Pegatron is currently under fire from the China Labor Union for worker abuse, and one employee is now speaking out about her time building the plastic iPhone, otherwise known as the iPhone 5C. The experience was published in a report titled “A day in Pegatron,” but reveals details on a device that has otherwise only been the subject of rumors.

“Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines,” the worker said. “This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple. The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.”

The report suggests that, while the China Labor Union believes the employees are being overworked, that conditions might not be as strict to meet deadlines as suggested. Pegatron is also reportedly working on the iPhone 5S.


Todd Haselton

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