Video: ABC’s Nightline Takes a Look Inside Apple Supplier Foxconn’s Factories in China

Apple has received a lot of criticism lately for the living condition of workers in their supplier factories that make iPhones and iPads along with other Apple products.

So Foxconn – Apple’s largest manufacturing partner in China, for the first time allowed a reporter and a camera crew into their factory in Schenzen, China.

Nightline aired the report from Foxconn’s factories on ABC yesterday.

Here’s a list of the most interesting facts from that 30-minute report courtesy The Verge:

  • It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade
  • It takes five 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
  • New employees at Foxconn undergo three days of training and “team building” exercises before they begin
  • The FLA (which Apple brought in to audit Foxconn) is interested in whether or not workers will look up at visitors in a factory — if they’ll be “willing to look at curiosities”
  • Apple paid $250,000 to join the FLA, and is paying for its audit
  • Louis Woo, when asked if he would accept Apple demanding double pay for employees replied “Why not?”

You can check out the video below for a brief excerpt:

You can check out the entire episode on ABC’s website

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  • Dan

    Im reading this from my iPad but there is no video so I guess it must be Flash…?

    • http://eazynetbiz.ws Kao Saephan

      Nope, it’s not flash. The video worked fine on my iphone. Perhaps a poor internet connection?

  • Sako

    Video does show on my iPad .

  • BRUTICUS

    IT’S A SHAME THE CONDITIONS OF THOSE PEOPLE IN CHINA BUILDING THAT IPHONE AND APPLE TABLET COMPUTER. SO THEY PAY AMERICANS $23 AN HOUR AS A TECH. WHAT ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAS A DEGREE AND CANNOT GET A JOB WITH THIS UGLY ECONOMY !!! THEY ARE MAKING 100 TIME THE WEIGHT OF THAT PRODUCT WHICH IS NOT WORTH ED. PEOPLE SHOULD BE BUYING AMERICAN PRODUCTS TO KEEP JOBS HERE. IT’S WRONG TO GIVE JOBS AWAY. IT LOOKS LIKE PEOPLE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY THESE DAYS. MAYBE EVEN SELL THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL TO GET AHEAD !!!

  • http://iphonehacks.com @iAmJailbroken

    Double their pay Apple!

  • Mikeyxx

    I’m all for doubling the pay. But remember, Apple won’t take a profit cut, so plan on paying more per device. Although it wouldn’t be much from our stand point.