What exactly does it take to get an Apple product into your hands? This week, ABC's Nightline took viewers on an insider tour of China's Foxconn plants, where Apple phones and tablets are made — and where, says Joshua Topolsky at The Verge, the hours are controversially long, the wages are low, and the work is brutally monotonous. Here, a look inside the world of Apple manufacturing, by the numbers:
Steps required to make an iPhone
Hours of labor it takes to manufacture the phone
Sets of hands it takes to make a single iPad
Days it takes to make a single iPad
Hourly wage of new Foxconn employees, according to ABC's report
Hourly wage of 75 percent of Foxconn's workforce
Workers employed by Foxconn
Typical age of Foxconn employees
The average shift, in hours, for Foxconn workers
Monthly rent Foxconn employees pay to secure sleeping space in a dorm room. Each room sleeps six to eight people.
Price each Foxconn employee pays per meal
$12.50 to $30
Approximate cost of labor for a single iPhone
Starting retail price for the iPhone 4S
Approximate revenue each iPhone generates for Apple, according to Horace Dediu at Asymco
iPhones sold in the last quarter of 2011
Apple's cash on hand
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