VIDEO: Inside Foxconn’s iPhone Factory
Rare video emerged this week of a look inside the Foxconn facility in Zhengzhou that reportedly produces 70% of the world’s Apple iPhones.
Apple is a notoriously secret company (no surprise in the cutthroat, proprietary world of tech), and the Foxconn facilities in China that produce many of their signature devices have come under immense criticism regarding worker conditions. Cameras and journalists are rarely allowed inside.
In preliminary translations, TheNextWeb reports that the reporter is accompanied by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou. They first take a helicopter ride to emphasize the scale of the factory and the surrounding complex, much of it being reserved for further expansion.
They then examine frame, motherboard, and camera production and assembly.
A top comment on YouTube cheekily notes that a computer screen visible at 1:18 appears to show Windows XP. Commenters also excitedly scanned the shots of iPhone frames and screens for any hints about the expected iPhone 5.
The video seems to tells us little about the people along the assembly line or the conditions under which they work. Another video reportedly shows Foxconn employees responding positively to questions about working conditions.
What do you think about this look inside the Foxconn facility?