Inside Foxconn: Exclusive Look at How an iPad is Made

April 19th, 2012 by Larry

Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple’s Chinese producer Foxconn. See highlights from his tour of the assembly line and the Foxconn facilities and connect to his full audio reports on your public radio station and at

My takeaway after watching this video: There is an army of people responsible for the production of the iPad that I use to for the sole purposes of changing my Facebook status and streaming baseball games. As Americans, we should be more appreciative of our livelihoods. We don’t have it that bad. We are privileged (we make more than $14 a day, which I understand is decent pay in China) and we don’t have to travel far away from home to make wages to send back to our villages. The next time I take in a baseball game on my iPad (which will probably be tonight), I’ll be more thankful for all that I have.

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