John Paczkowski

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Big Pain, No Gain: Hon Hai’s Challenging Apple Deal

How is it that Apple enjoys such financial success from the iPad, yet Hon Hai — which manufactures the device — enjoys so little?

The reason’s simple, says Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou: The iPad is really hard to make.

“It’s very difficult to make Apple’s new products and while our cooperation with Apple has given us many opportunities, it has also posed many challenges,” Gou said during a company shareholder conference today. “But we’re confident in our manufacturing because our defect rate of some super-thin products, including handsets and touch models, is under 5 percent, which is better than our rival, Samsung Electronics.”

But evidently not good enough to keep the company’s financials where investors would like them. Between 2005 and 2010, Hon Hai’s operating margin fell to 2.87 percent from 5.43 percent. Gou is working actively to change this, but obviously it’s slow going.

[Image credit: iFixit]

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik