Originally Posted by Psykhe
Unlikely. If it was firmware the issue would be universal, not happening on some and not on others. It very much seems like QA issues.
See this link:
It appears the Quality Control workers had gone on strike at Foxconn. The news item only says that Apple iPhone 5 production was affected.
They went on strike to complain of serious overloads.
Is it possible that Foxconn also produces Kindle Paperwhites? If so, that could explain a quality control break down.
Here is a quote from that article:
"Li Qiang, executive director for China Labor Watch, claims that the strike mostly involves workers on the the OQC (onsite quality control) line. It is claimed that this strike, which came after factory management and Apple put pressure on the workers to make sure that handsets left the factory defect-free, has “paralyzed the production lines”."
If I had received a defective PW, I would have returned it for a refund and then re-buy it in December. I'm sure this entire episode will be resolved by then.