Several reports on the matter have surfaced this morning, including one from the Financial Times (shared by CNET) that cites a number of Chinese high school students who've come forward to back the claim. According to the six students, there are about 3,000 students assembling parts.
Interns at a factory operated by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., part of Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, worked voluntarily and received benefits, though worked longer days than Chinese law permits, Apple said in a statement.
In the wake of the shocking allegations, both Apple and Foxconn have respectively confirmed "instances of students working overtime", according to the report, which added that both companies are now taking action steps to remedy the situation.
Teenage students have been working illegal overtime to assemble the iPhone X at Apple's main supplier in Asia, six of them tell the Financial Times. According to Foxconn, the internship programme is conducted in co-operation with the local government and vocational schools in China, though it stated that it prohibits student interns 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", it said.
Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication. She assembles up to 1,200 cameras for the iPhone X daily.
"Apple actually knew about this a couple of weeks ago, however they haven't resolved the issue yet", Qiang added. But Apple and Foxconn have acknowledged that cases of illegal overtime did occur and that they are taking action to address the situation.
According to CNET, an Apple spokesperson conceded the students should not have been working late.
All of the work conducted was voluntary, "and compensated appropriately", Foxconn said. In 2012, another report by the New York Times also detailed poor work conditions at factories overseas, which included explosions at the facilities that make iPhones and iPads.
The students were reportedly 17 to 19 years old.