iPhone Manufacturer Wistron Accused Of Using ‘Unauthorized Components’

Apple manufacturer Wistron has been accused of allegedly using unauthorized parts in the manufacturing of the iPhone 8 Plus.

Chinese news site Commercial Times claims iPhone supplier Wistron was using “unauthorized components” during the production of the iPhone 8 Plus. The news site says Apple ordered a production halt when it found out and production was down for two weeks.

Now, according to a new report from DigiTimes, the iPhone parts supplier is refuting these claims, stating that the company will not comment on matters concerning specific clients and there was not a “two-week production suspension as reported and operations remain completely normal.”

Allegedly, Wistron had used water seal material that wasn’t authorized by Apple for use in the iPhone 6. However, in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Wistron stated that operations at the facility remain “completely normal” and hadn’t been suspended at all.

In response, Wistron has reportedly “penalized” a number of both mid- and high-level executives in an appeal to Apple, hoping to regain its trust.

The issue, if it existed, was at Wistron’s Chinese operation in Kunshan, where the company is a secondary supplier behind Foxconn. Wistron serves as the primary iPhone assembler in India.

Recently, we reported that Wistron is close to finalizing a land deal in India’s tech hub of Bengaluru and the firm is likely to invest about $157 million USD to develop the site.

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