Rob Schmitz Takes an Exclusive Look at how an iPad is made inside a Foxconn Factory
Recently, journalist Rob Schmitz published a series of reports in American Public Media’s Marketplace
detailing factory conditions in China. After being granted unprecedented access by Apple and Foxconn, Schmidt not only detailed the conditions he saw but also managed to interview both workers and their supervisors. For those of you who didn’t know already, Rob Schmitz was the journalist who exposed Mike Daisey’s fabrications and exaggerations of Apple’s Chinese suppliers in the past.
You can find a new video tour which was recently posted, revealing an exclusive look into how iPads are built and tested. The video can be found below:
Schmidt discusses how the Foxconn factories can be compared to cities with nearly 240,000 people working there and nearly 50,000 of them living on campus in shared dorm rooms. According to him there are a slew of common routine places to go such as fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores and sports utilities such as basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, swimming pools, etc. Furthermore, there is also a radio station for the area along with a news station and even its own fire department.
As far as the working conditions go, Schmidt does mention that work at Foxconn usually involves long hours of tedious work but it is far from sweatshop conditions many portray it to be. According to him "There have been poisoned workers, and Apple’s own audits have caught underage workers at factories making Apple products, but here’s another fact that also might be missing from this whole conversation: From what we know these are rare occurrences in Apple’s supply chain. Life at factories that make Apple products is not all hunky-dory, but the truth is much more complicated than how Daisey’s portrayed the situation.”