By the numbers

What it takes to make an iPhone: By the numbers

Apple's glamorous gadgets are assembled by an army of 1.2 million underpaid, overworked Chinese employees. Here, a glimpse at their grueling factory lives

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:

141Steps required to make an iPhone

24Hours of labor it takes to manufacture the phone

325Sets of hands it takes to make a single iPad

5Days it takes to make a single iPad

$1.78Hourly wage of new Foxconn employees, according to ABC's report

$2.18Hourly wage of 75 percent of Foxconn's workforce

1.2 millionWorkers employed by Foxconn

18Typical age of Foxconn employees

12The average shift, in hours, for Foxconn workers

7Seconds it takes to complete a single step in the manufacturing process. "We are extremely tired, with tremendous pressure," one worker said. "We work faster even than the machines."

$17.50Monthly rent Foxconn employees pay to secure sleeping space in a dorm room. Each room sleeps six to eight people.

$0.70Price each Foxconn employee pays per meal

$12.50 to $30Approximate cost of labor for a single iPhone

$199Starting retail price for the iPhone 4S

$650Approximate revenue each iPhone generates for Apple, according to Horace Dediu at Asymco

37 millioniPhones sold in the last quarter of 2011

$97.6 billionApple's cash on hand

Sources: Apple Insider (2), ASYMCO, New York Times (2), TUAW, The Verge, VentureBeat

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