The iPhone 6's Lightning cable may be reversible at both ends

Sonny Dickson, the man who provided the sapphire glass screen rumored to feature at the front of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, has a new hardware revelation about the unannounced new phone: a reversible USB cable. Thanks to its symmetrical design, the Lightning connector is already capable of being plugged into an iPhone or iPad in any orientation, and now Apple's apparently addressing the other...

Latest audit on two Chinese Apple suppliers finds labor, health violations

A new report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on two facilities run by of one of Apple's manufacturing partners has found numerous violations, including excessive overtime, underpayment of sick wages, and inadequate health and safety measures. Those issues have been flagged at other factories in Apple's supply chain over the years, including Foxconn, which was not the focus of this report.

The two factories in question are operated by Quanta, and were located in Shanghai and Changshu, both in Eastern China. The facilities were inspected by third-party labor monitoring organization Openview Service on behalf of the FLA last August, all as part of a larger and continual inspection on Apple's supply chain.

Overtime still an issue

WSJ: Apple's smartwatch will have sapphire screen

A new report today from The Wall Street Journal says Apple's upcoming smartwatch will match the iPhone 6 with a sapphire screen that's more resistant to scratches and other common wear and tear. The Journal claims sapphire glass intended for the watch and phone will begin rolling off production lines at Apple's Arizona factory "this month." Presumably Apple is also sourcing the key component from other manufacturing partners in China, since we've seen at least one convincing leak that s...

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New Sony apps turn phones into fish

For most smartphone users, submerging their electronic pride and joy in water would inspire much cursing and a trip to the mobile store to pick up a replacement—nevermind an extended vacation from social media. Well Sony solved that problem by making its Xperia Z1S fully waterproof and is now introducing a suite of new apps to make dunking your device fun.

Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from use in overseas manufacturing

Apple has banned two chemicals from being used in the final stages of manufacturing its devices following pressure from activist groups and an investigation at 22 factories. The two chemicals in question are benzene and n-hexane, which manufacturers use as a cleaning and solvent agent respectively, but have been linked to health problems.

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