Much has been made about the secrecy and working conditions at Foxconn, where tens of millions iPhones and iPads are produced each year. New Year Time’s excellent article “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad” recently highlighted the long hours, and often harsh conditions workers have to endure. What the public has never seen though, is a true inside look at the factories that churn out your favorite iDevices 24/7 – until now that is. In a special Dateline episode airing tomorrow, co-anchor Bill Weir will offer a glimpse of the manufacturer’s inner workings — from how Apple products are made to interviews with factory workers — after being given an unprecedented tour of a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China.
”We will show you how your iPad, your iPhone, your MacBook is made, and we will meet the people who made them,” he said. “We’ll show you how these folks come on buses, sometimes for days, to travel to the Foxconn gates, desperate for a chance to wipe a screen or solder a chip for 10 hours a day at less than $1.50 an hour.”
The episode ”iFactories: Inside Apple”, will air tomorrow, Feb 21st at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on ABC. A minute-and-a-half preview of the upcoming special was released by the network earlier today, which you can check out below.
[via Apple Insider]