Apple has confirmed a new report coming out of the Financial Times newspaper that alleged students had worked illegal overtime assembling the new iPhone X.

However, the company has also disputed claims that students were forced to work overtime, saying they did so voluntarily. Apple and Foxconn have since taken remedial action as students should not have been permitted to work overtime in the first place.

The report referred to 3,000 students, aged from 17 to 19, that had participated in a 3-month long work experience program from local high schools.

The students claimed they were were forced to carry out the work, saying refusing to do so would prevent them from graduating. Six student had spoken to the paper and told them they had regularly worked 11 hours a day assembling the handset.

One of the 18 year old students said they were being forced into the work by their school and that he had helped assemble up to 1,200 iPhone X units a day.

Apple has since performed an audit and confirmed, yes, the illegal overtime did take place.

However, it was completely voluntary.

We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime.

Apple regularly audits its manufacturers to watch out for illegal practices such as this.

  • Edgar Filipe

    “Completely voluntary”.. Even though I love Apple products. Nowadays all big companies want to make an incredible amount of money (which they will never have time to spend, neither their children) and it doesn’t mater how (tax benefits, planned obsolescence with updates, etc.) In this case, it might not be Apple’s fault (I suppose it was Foxconn). However, 3.000 students and 11 hours of work for 3 months, that’s a lot to be unnoticed! (How did they manage to study and finish their school or enjoy their summer? unbelievably sad) I really hate the fact that big companies won’t get a punishment they really deserved (jail!), so they would finally start being afraid doing what they all do. It seems like the law was written in a way to protect the rich and punish the poor. Corruption starts in the politics and it ends in the multinational companies.

  • David Gow

    Its a communist country where government rules and rules enforced. Nothing will ever surprise me coming from China the government rules contrary what people say and yet we keep sending our crap over there to get made. Smh