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How Your iPad Gets Made

By on April 21, 2012



There’s been considerable press lately about the disconnect between Apple‘s uplifting brand image and the soul-crushing way in which iOS devices are actually assembled by Chinese workers.

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Nevertheless, this video, shot by Rob Schmitz, Shanghai bureau chief for American Public Media’s Marketplace offers a fascinating glimpse of the process by which an iPad is created.

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Among the points of interest: Foxconn, which manufacturers the devices for Apple in China, attaches a tiny buckle to each iPad’s motherboard so if anything goes wrong with that particular iPad, Apple can trace it back to that point in the assembly. The devices are also tested on a machine that spins the iPad round and round to ensure that their internal gyroscope works properly.

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For outsiders, such details are of interest, but for those who toil on the factory floors, it’s “tedious and boring” as Schmitz notes. Yet Foxconn has no shortage of prospective workers, who are willing to ply their trade for $14 a day. (The amount doubles after a few years.)

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