It's the saga Apple can't escape.
On Monday, headlines once again directed the global spotlight to Foxconn, Apple's manufacturing partner, in response to an eye-opening new CNN report that depicts iDevice factory workers in less than favorable or even safe working conditions.
As MMi and others have reported in recent weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to be outraged by the wave of similar reports and determined to do something to curb their frequency - in addition, of course, to the underlying activities that prompt such headlines in the first place.
According to the findings of the latest CNN investigation, one woman (Miss Chen) works at least 60 hours per week assembling iPad components in China. Incredibly, however, the woman says she has never actually seen a fully-assembled iPad.
The 18-year-old student from a village outside of the southern megacity of Chongqing is one of more than one million factory workers at a Chinese company that helps manufacture products for Apple Inc.'s lucrative global empire, which raked in a record $46.3 billion in sales last quarter.
Chen says she's not allowed to talk to any reporter or "criminal liability shall be investigated according to law."
Still, the young woman admits that life inside Foxconn is anything but pleasant. "During my first day of work, an older worker said to me, 'why did you come to Foxconn? Don't ever think about it again and leave right now'," said Chen. "Foxconn employees have a saying, 'they use women as men and men as machines.'"
To read the full report from CNN, click here.