Bolaji, consumers are not concerns with the back end companies. Most of them are aware only about apple and apple products. How many people know that apple is works more or less like an assembling unit or branding factory. They are taking LCD panels, storage units, battery and similar components from trusted third party companies. This true with almost all brands. So from customer point of view, they are not bothered about back end suppliers they bother only about brands.
In my opinion the majority of the customers of Apple must be unaware of this Foxconn issue which is making rounds in the media. The customers normally go only by the brand name and do not bother to see what good or bad things are behind that brand. For them the product is more important than the process.
As far as relationship between Apple and Foxconn is concerned it could be a love-hate relationship - not easy to break.
If Foxconn saw the light and began to change, you can be sure that the prices of products -- not just Apple's -- would rise.
@Barbara, I totally agree with your observation. And this is the last thing we want because market is just recovering from severe downturn and this price rise will definitely hurt the OEM's. I think the best solution for all the OEM is to continue relationship with Foxconn and may be parallely start looking for alternatives to Foxconn.
Well said, It is very difficult the Breaking up and both companies will lose at the moment, on the other hand, the other hand maybe it costs too much (bad image of Foxconn affects the Apples sales) if Apple retains the OEM EMS relation with the Foxconn.
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