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'Scuffgate' fallout: iPhone 5 production slowed by new quality checks

Have you received your iPhone 5? Consider yourself lucky because an issue with scratches on the new smartphone is reportedly holding up production at Apple supplier Foxconn.

In the wake of the iPhone 5 launch, there were complaints that the new device was easily scratched thanks to the use of a new type of aluminium that made the phone thinner and lighter. It slimmed down the iPhone 5's profile, but did not do a good job of standing up to daily wear and tear, apparently, with the resulting scandal dubbed 'Scuffgate.'

Apple's Phil Schiller addressed the controversy in a very Steve Jobs "you're holding it wrong" manner, arguing that the iPhone 5 scratches were normal. But those who paid upwards of £500 SIM-free for a new smartphone were not amused.

Despite Schiller's comment, Apple reportedly ordered suppliers like Foxconn to crack down on production line blunders that led to the shipment of iPhones with scratches. But this extra-cautious approach has reportedly slowed down production, according to Bloomberg. The news service did not elaborate on how much of a delay the additional checks were causing, except to say that Foxconn has been forced to "idle factories."

Over the weekend, there were reports that these new quality-control checks angered Foxconn workers and prompted a strike. Foxconn confirmed a dispute between several workers, but denied that there had been a strike or a disruption to iPhone production.

At this point, Apple still lists an iPhone 5 wait time of 3-4 weeks, but for some buyers, it's not taking that long to get their new phones.