Undercover reporter at Foxconn factory on the iPhone 5 manufacturing process
A Shanghai reporter got inside the Foxconn factory in China to see how the iPhone 5 is made.
He spend ten days at the factory and revealed what is going on with the process of manufacturing the new Apple device.
The reporter has spent the first seven days in tough training coordination, that included interrogations, disturbing details of smelly and filthy dorms, obeying instructions and pressured to sign waivers.
Eventually the reporter gained access to the security area and describes the entrance.
The workers are told not to exit or enter the metal detector with any metallic items on their body such as earrings, belts, mp3 players, mobile devices or cameras, as the alarm will turn on and the worker will be fired immediately.
The supervisors are constantly reminding that the workers should be proud to build the iPhone 5, showing off parts of the device and stating that having the chance to build the device is a privilege, however the work itself is horribly mundane.
The reporter is responsible for marking the backplate of the iPhone 5 at four points with an oil paint pen.
It sounds very easy, but the truth is that the backplate is running in front of him in every three seconds, so he must complete it quickly.
The reporter has worked ten hours without any break and per shift he finished over 3,000 backplates.
There were four lines in charge of the backplate process and twelve workers a line, so each line could produce over 35,000 backplates in 12 hours.
People will be able to enjoy the future in technology at the cost of workers in factories, forced to maintain insane numbers of production, scolded for making mistakes and fighting through the mundane.