"We've confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits", Apple said.
"During the course of a recent audit, we discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China".
Foxconn, the company that manufactures numerous parts for Apple's iPhones, has stopped the illegal overtime that was being worked by young interns at the iPhone X factories in Henan province, China. It has agreed that the overtime work violated its own policy that prohibits students from working more than 40 hours a week. "A team of specialists are on site at the facility working with the management on systems to ensure the appropriate standards are adhered to".
Six high school students, who were part of 3,000 students taking part in a three-month-long work experience program, told the Financial Times that they routinely worked 11-hour days assembling iPhone X smartphones at Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant in China.
Confirming that choice was never a part of the plan is Ms Yang, an 18-year-old student that stated: "If I don't stay I won't graduate school, but my body can't take it..." On Wednesday, Apple's largest supplier for the iPhone, Foxconn Technology Group, announced that the practice was brought to a halt. Despite that framing, the Times report doesn't establish a clear or direct connection between these events. Back in 2012, reports of riots, suicides and poor working conditions at Foxconn factories came to light, forcing Apple to ask the Fair Labor Association to step in and inspect factory conditions.
These efforts continue, and Apple's internal reports have claimed that conditions have improved generally since then.
The company underlined that students are just a fraction of its Chinese workforce, and the violation of labor laws reported by the Financial Times does not reflect the firm's policies. Upon the underage worker becoming of legal age, the supplier will be required to provide them with an employment opportunity.