ABC News Takes Us Inside Foxconn [VIDEO]

Posted Feb 20, 2012

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how ABC was going to air a documentary about Apple’s supply chain. ABC reporter Bill Weir has just posted a video discussing what life inside of the factory is like.

Apple called Bill Weir one day after 250,000 Apple users called on the company to build the first “ethical” iPhone. Protests were planned at Apple stores around the world. The protests were planned after a monologist named Mike Daisey travelled to Foxconn and met people that came off 13-15 hour shifts on the Apple lines. He described a 13 year old who spent a lot of her time cleaning iPhone screens.

In the news report, Weir wrote:

The voices are robot feminine and they never shut up, each chirp a surreal announcement that another new iPad is about to be born.

“Okay.” “Okay.” “Okay.”

The factory floor is spotless under the bright fluorescent lights and with hypnotic rhythm, thousands of hands reach into a conveyor belt river, bringing each gliding gadget to life one tiny piece at a time.

“Okay.” “Okay.”

A supervisor will bark the occasional order in Mandarin, but on this line the machines do most of the talking while the people work in silence.

Their faces are blank as they insert a chip or wipe a screen or plug in a diagnostic cable to hear that everything is “Okay.”

Their faces are blank as they insert a chip or wipe a screen or plug in a diagnostic cable to hear that everything is “Okay.”

And they will repeat that motion and hear that fembot voice a few thousand more times before lunch.

It is just an average day at Foxconn.

Check out the video below:

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