The Apple Roundup: Apple supplier Foxconn admits hiring underage workers

With so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy.┬áHere’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • The legal working age in China is 16, but Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn has admitted to hiring interns as young as 14 years old, the company told CNET. While Foxconn has many big consumer electronics customers, Apple is its biggest. Earlier this year Apple contracted the Fair Labor Association to conduct an audit of its suppliers in order to root out illegal hiring practices and working conditions like these.
  • Adweek profiles Waze, an iOS maps app that is taking advantage of being one of Tim Cook’s recommendations in light of Apple’s own Maps failings. Waze is adding hundreds of thousands of users since that endorsement, and is working to convince users to stay as Google(s goog) readies its own well-known and well-liked Maps app for iOS.
  • A teardown of the iPhone 5’s Lightning dock connector reveals a set of mysterious chips inside. They could be related to security, or possibly for conserving power use. (via 9to5Mac)
  • This seems like a no-brainer, but it looks like Apple will be setting up its EasyPay app — which can be used to make small purchases in Apple stores — to work with Passbook, says AppleInsider.
  • iFixit has dissected the new iPod nano. If you’re dying to see how Apple gets all those components in such a tiny package, this is the place to look.