updated 04:10 pm EST, Fri December 28, 2012
Workers could lose time off in order to meet iPhone, iPad demand
Some Apple suppliers will keep manufacturing through the Chinese New Year to meet the company's demands, Taiwan's United Daily News reports. Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is said to be keeping a portion of production lines open to assemble the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. A circuit board supplier, Flexium Interconnect, will reportedly keep its Kunshan plant going through the Chinese New Year, using students it has trained for the work.
The holiday is set to fall in mid-February this year. Normally factories allow workers to go home for as long as two weeks or more, but the combination of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini launches -- both of which took place in the fall -- may be making for more work than usual. It's unclear how many workers may be losing vacation time to keep plants operating.