Students May Have Worked Overtime Illegally To Assemble iPhone X

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In a response to the FT, Apple said an audit did find instances of student interns working overtime, adding that they were employed voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but that they shouldn't have been allowed to work overtime.

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.

One student reportedly assembled up to 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day.

Students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School told the Financial Times that they were part of a group of 3,000 teenagers sent into a Foxconn facility to meet demand for the iPhone X.

The students said that they had to do the work for Foxconn in order to graduate.

Foxconn, in an emailed response, said company policy doesn't allow interns, who represent a "very small" percentage of its workforce, to work more than 40 hours a week on "programme-related assignments".

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Apple and Foxconn did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment but the companies reportedly told The Financial Times they were aware of student interns working overtime at a factory in China. "The work has nothing to do with our studies".

The iPhone X was plagued with rumors of production delays in the months leading up to its launch, and has been hard to come by in the month since.

"The purchasing practices of Apple and others are created to cut costs, and do things "just in time", said Jenny Chan, assistant professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

More than five years ago, three other Foxconn plants in China were found to be in breach of numerous health and safety regulations, exceeding working hours - including some employees working for more than 11 days straight - and being over-reliant on student labour.

"Henan province does everything in its power to make sure Foxconn thrives here".

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