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ABC Nightline Report Lifts the Curtain Around Foxconn

by Sean P. Aune | February 22, 2012February 22, 2012 7:30 am PST

Foxconn Nightline Report

Apple has been taking a lot of PR hits as of late when it comes to its relationship with Foxconn. Now the notoriously secretive company is trying to do some things that will hopefully dispel some of those fears and ease minds.

During last nights episode of Nightline, a long-running late night ABC news series, reporter Bill Weir was allowed inside Apple production lines to see how the devices are made and talk with some of the Foxconn employees who make the items.

As one would expect, the story opened with comments on just how many products are made and how they are assembled.  We learned that it takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and an iPad passes through 325 hands over five days, but at the assembly stage they make 10,000 an hour.

Unlike you would find in an Apple Store, however, not everything was shiny and polished in this story and the hard facts of suicides and living conditions were addressed.  There were many shots of the now infamous suicide nets that are there to dissuade people thinking of leaping to their death from roofs, and video of the dorms were workers live with seven roommates.  They also addressed that line workers make a $1.78 an hour during their 12 hour shifts, pay $.70 for meals and $17.50 a month to live in the cramped dorm rooms.

During Bill Weir’s visit, the FLA (Fair Labor Association) arrived for its first audit.  Apple paid $250,000 to join the association, and is also paying for the audit, which has raised some concerns over how fair it will be when published, but the FLA has promised that there will be no whitewash in the report it issues.

You can watch the full report on ABC’s site and check out the sample below.

[via ABC]

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...