Apple's Chinese Factories: Exclusive

Bill Weir's exclusive report on how our Apple iThings are brought to life.
5:31 | 02/21/12

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So how does a garage startup become the most valuable company in the world. Well Apple Computer did buy selling 93 million iphones last year and forty million ipads and the only reason they didn't sell more. Is that they can't make them fast enough. But that relentless demand has raised uncomfortable questions about how these precious objects are made and how the people that make them are treated. A few weeks ago the company invited me to witness its first ever third party audit of its biggest Chinese supplier Foxconn. For the record our parent company Disney and apple have strong ties are CEO sits on their board and Steve Jobs trust is Disney's largest individual shareholder. But I only agreed to report exactly what I saw on this the first look inside the -- factor. We arrived at -- -- the entrance -- no idea what to expect. But eager for a glimpse of the mysterious place that builds the stuff. -- our lives. Were met by -- top Foxconn executive who refuses to confirm that inside all these buildings. They're working on top secret projects for Intel. Nintendo. -- and many others. But apple has allowed him to show me how they build the world's most popular objects of desire. -- The ones that turned a little garage startup you'll hopefully more valuable than facts -- a -- -- more beloved. Until this the very first and you. Any country that -- -- we will done -- proof jackets or full bunny suit. And take numerous air showers because one speck of dust could ruin an entire life. There is one obvious reason for Apple's legendary secrecy over the years. -- the world sees this line. Might change the way people think. In this line. Unlike any other product launch of -- sexy new apple gadget is a cultural events. And that -- following comes in part from the mystique cultivated brilliantly by Steve Jobs. He's usually you. I'll admit I'm among the millions who bought into the idea. -- these are not just dependable appliances. There are works of art carefully wrapped Christine boxes lovingly sold in museum like stores. I don't know about you when I'm enjoying a delicious steak knowing where it came from changes the experience. How many steps. 141 step but it is time now to think different about apple. Because here it is this is where your iPhone was born. And these are the people who brought it to life. My name -- bill that they can. -- first struck by how young male about thirteen like some -- -- -- stories -- heard. But 78. C Nolan looked over thirty. I know many came from poor villages out in the countryside with the hope of making two dollars an hour. But their -- -- proved that teen style that is everywhere. I was expecting more automated assembly more robots but the sleek machines -- the dazzle and inspire and change the lives of people eight to eighty. Are mostly made by hand. After hand. After hand. We hold the camera module for the -- Tiny and intricate this is. And get this with two shifts they can make 300000. Of these in a single day. It takes around five days and 325. Sets of hands to assemble that they tell me. And they can -- -- -- -- of aluminum into a sleek design complete would be bitten apple logo. But the rate of 101000 an hour. He ended this process I find 27 year old -- -- -- carves the aluminum -- from 3000 apples. Every shift. What are you thinking about while your working. Lot of times they think about how tired I am -- mother of two tells me. I think about rested. A supervisor would give the occasional border in Mandarin but on this line machines. Most of the talking. -- the people work in silence. And they were repeat that motion and hear that -- -- voice a few thousand times more before lunch. Their twelve hour shifts are broken up by two hour -- meal breaks when they -- single file to a massive -- -- around seventy cents replace needed rice. If they eat fast enough. And catch a few winks -- bottom line. The fox got executive tells me it's not exhaustion. But -- Chinese post new tradition so this is homeless alone review because -- here -- here. After twelve hours here many head home to a nearby dorm room they share with seven other workers. There is an Internet cafe and soccer field even offer classes in English and other studies. But most are here to work most left their families to work because back home there are few good jobs.

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