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This Is Where iPads Come From: Video Shows Apple's Tablet Being Made


Apple's factories in China have received loads of bad press, mostly from Mike Daisey's debunked report on appalling working conditions at its Foxconn Factory.

Hoping to gather more information on the controversial factory, MarketPlace reporter Rob Schmitz recently took a trip there to get the inside scoop.

In addition to chatting with a factory worker about his career choice -- one motivated by abject poverty more than anything else -- and a spokesman about the factory's efforts to stop employee suicides -- they've installed internet bars, sports facilities and a safety net for potential jumpers -- Schmitz also captured footage of the iPad being made.

You can watch that video, AFTER THE JUMP.

Video via TNW:

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  1. Apple should be making these in the United States. How in-American of Apple.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 12, 2012 10:25:21 AM

  2. @Jim: Do you think iPads are the only thing sold in the US that is made in China? The US manufactures almost nothing anymore - just check the label on anything in your home or closet. The question really should be, is it un-American for Americans to purchase products that are not made in America?

    Posted by: Chadd | Apr 12, 2012 10:36:36 AM

  3. I'd rather pick tomatoes than work in a factory where I had to wear a mask, gloves, and goggles all day long.

    Seriously, I want more jobs in America, but that particular job looks dreadful.

    What I find beyond reason is that East Asian countries can produce heavy equipment (like front loaders and backhoes) and ship it here cheaper than we can build it.

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 12, 2012 10:38:35 AM

  4. Chadd makes a very good point. I recently read where the majority of merchandise sold at Wal-Mart is made outside of the USA, with the exception of the food goods (produce, meat, etc). When's the last time anyone saw an ILGWU label inside an article of clothing?
    When I was young, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, London Fog, etc were made in factories in and around Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Those factories are now apartments and condos. The majority of stuff sold at Staples is made in China.

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 12, 2012 11:14:47 AM

  5. They installed a safety net for potential jumpers? YIKES! Well, at least they're being practical.

    Re: the comments above (I'm not the same jim as the first poster), I think the majority of things sold by MOST retailers are made overseas. I also think it's a necessity, working in retail. We're a publicly-owned company, and we walk a fine line between having to make a profit AND find the the highest quality goods for the lowest prices. Intersting that you don't hear "Buy American!" nearly as often as ya used to since the economy tanked. It's all about lowest price, and unfortunately, at least for now, it HAS to be.

    Wish they'd come up with a way to get cheaper foreign-made gasoline in some local pumps, I'm damned tired of paying high prices for gas, while oil companies continue to record record profits.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 12, 2012 2:04:03 PM

  6. Everyone has collective amnesia. Back about a decade and a half, there was a national discussion about opening up to China and other markets. We were told that we couldn't "interfere" with their economies by tying our trade to our workplace and environmental standards. We were assured that "the market" would eventually fix all that. What they didn't share was that the "fix" would be us lowering our workplace and environmental standards if we ever want those manufacturing jobs back. I'm certain that lack of clarification was an oversight...

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 12, 2012 2:17:05 PM

  7. Just to clarify

    The conditions of Chinese factories highlighted by Mike Daisey are all completely accurate and well documented by a number of groups.

    What was debunked was the narrative that Mr. Daisey personally witnessed all the abuses described.

    The reality is Mike merged well documented abuses into a single narrative for dramatic effect (similar to how film makers merge multiple real life individuals into a single character for bio pics such as Malcom X or Beautiful Mind)

    Posted by: badlydrawnbear | Apr 12, 2012 3:10:33 PM

  8. Nice propaganda. SLAVE LABOR is often used in China. And the Chinese government [Communist Party of China] controls EVERYTHING or importance in their economy. ALL profitable Chinese businesses are fronts for the real owners, the the few hundred elite of the Communist Party. NOTHING can get done without their approval. And we find ourselves in a deadly dance/embrace with these people [not the average Chinese, the Communist Elite].

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 12, 2012 5:12:42 PM

  9. And I doubt the average yuppie or hipster who loves Apple and Ipads gives two you know what about the working conditions in the factories, how many commit suicide, slave labor, political prisoners having their body organs harvested, etc.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 12, 2012 5:15:04 PM

  10. dear lord, $14 a day???

    Posted by: shock | Apr 12, 2012 5:39:21 PM

  11. Funny, most people I know are in the jobs they're in bdue to abject poverty and I live in a first worl nation. sigh.

    Posted by: tester | Apr 12, 2012 7:42:33 PM

  12. Thank you badlydrawnbear.

    Let's get the reportage correct please.

    Posted by: Brion | Apr 12, 2012 9:13:30 PM

  13. Where true sweatshop conditions have existed, such as the garment industry in New York, there have never been suicides from that work. But at France Telecom with 35 hour weeks and union negotiated wages there have been 60 suicide attempts with a disputed 30 to 58 deaths. Given the much smaller work force at France Telecom that's a much higher rate than Foxconn.

    Pictures taken by TV news crews in both countries show the true cause, Subliminal Distraction exposure.

    Working conditions didn't cause the deaths at Foxconn. They made a mistake in the design of the assembly lines. That's all.

    Subliminal Distraction, a normal feature in everyone's physiology of sight, was discovered to cause believed to be harmless psychotic-like episodes of confusion for knowledge workers in offices. The cubicle was designed to block peripheral vision to deal with the startle reflex to stop it by 1968.

    Electronics assembly line workers use enough mental investment, concentration, to engage the problem.

    A pair of safety glasses with wide temple arms blacked out to block peripheral vision would stop the suicides for pennies in China.

    Posted by: L K Tucker | Apr 13, 2012 9:41:23 AM

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