Wow. If the rumors are true, this could represent an epic electronic supply-chain fail.
Multiple publications, including two translated from the original Chinese (the China Times and China Business), are reporting that Apple has returned 5 to 8 million iPhones to Foxconn for unknown manufacturing defects.
The reports indicate that the repairs will cost Foxconn about 200 yuan, or $32, per device, which could add up to as much as $259 million in repair costs. By contrast, one of the biggest electronics repair issues in the early 1990s--Intel's floating-point divide bug problem--cost the microprocessor giant about $400 million in charges.
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