ABC Nightline gets an inside look at Apple’s ‘iFactory’ in China

Workers assemble Apple products at the infamous Foxconn factory in China. Photo credit: The Verge

ABC Nightline aired a very interesting report on Feb. 21 about the infamous Foxconn factory in China, where big names like Apple, Intel, Dell and others produce their tech products.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Foxconn has been in the news frequently over the past few years because of reports of workers committing suicide, bad working conditions that lead to explosions at the factory, and most recently, mass suicide protests.

The Nightline report pointed out some shocking information about Foxconn.

Here are some of the most interesting findings published by tech blog The Verge:

  • It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade.
  • It takes 5 days and 325 hands to make a single iPad.
  • Foxconn produces 300k iPad camera modules per day.
  • Foxconn workers pay for their own food — about $.70 per meal, and work 12-hour shifts.
  • Workers who live in the dorms sleep six to eight a room, and pay $17.50 a month to do so.
  • Workers make $1.78 an hour
  • Louis Woo, a Foxconn Executive, when asked if he would accept Apple demanding double pay for employees replied: “Why not?”

In the video it’s said that ABC Nightline was the first crew to ever be allowed inside the factory.

Apple and other big name tech companies are very secretive about their products, so that is likely why no other crew has been allowed into the factory before.

It’s a very interesting report because ABC’s parent company is Disney, and the largest share-holder for Disney was the late Steve Jobs, who was Apple’s former CEO.

I always thought there were many more machines that put iPhones, iPads and Macs together.

But this report says otherwise.

It says that the products are almost completely assembled by hand.

As I’m typing this report on my Mac that was likely made at Foxconn, it makes me really appreciate all of the work that went in to making it.

Here is a video of the report and an alternate link on ABC Nightline’s website:


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