It's the question every parent dreads. One day, their child looks up at them with inquisitive eyes, and perhaps spurred by burgeoning feelings they don't fully understand, ask, "Mummy, where do iPads come from?" A new video reveals the answer.
American reporter Rob Schmitz has been on a tour of the Foxconn factory where the new iPad is made. We've seen the new iPad pulled apart -- now press play on the video for a glimpse at the new iPad being assembled in the first place.
iPads are put together largely by hand, work described as "tedious and boring", but workers rotate jobs every few days. The factories have athletic facilities and unlike many employers, pay workers on time.
Some machines are involved in the process. One machine highlighted by the report adds a 'buckle' to the motherboard that allows Apple to trace faulty iPads back to the exact production line where it was built. Look out for another machine that dizzily spins a rack of iPads to test the gyroscope.
Unfortunately the video doesn't reveal anything about the forthcoming iPhone 5, suspected to be flowing across production lines any day now.
Foxconn has been in the news since reports began to emerge of poor working conditions, even driving some workers to commit suicide. A recent expose by respected radio show This American Life turned out to have been not as journalistically rigorous as we might expect, but has at least turned the spotlight on Foxconn and working conditions in China.
Apple has adressed the controversy by joining the Fair Labour Association, the first technology company to do so. Labour inspectors were initially impressed by Foxconn's facilities relative to the sweatshops used by the fashion industry, but closer inspection revealed "tons of issues". A full report from the FLA will follow soon.
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