Watch Foxconn Workers Make an iPad

Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and other companies have repeatedly come under scrutiny in recent months and years for the conditions under which their high-tech gadgets are made.


Reporter Rob Schmitz visited Foxconn's Longhua facility in Shenzhen, China. The video from his trip shows the actual process of making an iPad, which is surprisingly fascinating. It's one thing to get a look at the inside of a PC or a console; we're used to being able to access those parts. But Apple's devices are infamously sleek and their design deliberately hides not only the parts within, but the idea that there are parts within. From motherboard to touchscreen, here's a look at the bits that make the magic happen.

VIDEO: Watch an iPad get made from the Foxconn factory floor [American Public Media]



The whole thing makes me depressed. This world (not this country, this world) is crumbling. Third-world nation? Not anymore. It's a third-world world. And unless you're making a few million bucks a year and have a few million more in the bank, you're just another third-worlder, like the rest of us. At least the video didn't show anyone with their faces being melted, Ala Raiders of the Lost Ark, to make sure we all have our pads in correct form and on time.