The iPhone maker dispatched medical experts to Shanghai to investigate the recent death of a 15-year-old worker from pneumonia.
Apple hardware manufacturer accused of safety violations, poor living conditions, and withholding of worker identification cards, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The head of one of Apple's suppliers says the phone will be more of a midrange product with a relatively high price tag.
Move is part of Apple's desire to achieve greater balance in its supply chain, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Well-known manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron reportedly are hiring tens of thousands of employees to make the next iPhone.
A Taiwanese news report says that assembler Pegatron scored 50 percent to 60 percent of production orders on the iPad Mini, Foxconn will supposedly get the rest.
Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron is apparently opening up new factory space and recruiting workers as it ramps up production.
Add another patent-licensee to the group of Android/Chrome-based device makers that Microsoft is convincing to pay for its IP.
The overall goal is to catch anyone using a fake or borrowed ID, but more specifically, Pegatron wants to catch underage workers before they reach the factory.
Are factory conditions at Pegatron responsible for five worker deaths? The company says no, but watchdog group China Labor Watch is concerned.