Apple has responded to ABC News’ Bill Weir exclusive report on the conditions inside Foxconn, Apple’s main Chinese manufacturer. For the first time, Apple allowed a journalist onto its production line to witness the labor conditions inside Foxconn. Since ABC News’ original report, Apple, Foxconn and the Fair Labor Association have sent statements explaining a few sentences in the original report, reports “WTMA.”
Apple, regarding Zhou Xiao Ying’s claim that she carves the aluminum shavings from 6,000 iPad logos per day, had this to say: “In manufacturing parlance this is called deburring. Her line processes 3,000 units per shift, with two shifts per day for a total of 6,000. A single operator at Ms. Zhou’s station would deburr 3,000 iPads in a shift.” Apple clarified that Zhou Xiao Ying couldn’t have been working a second shift since it would be impossible if she worked 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., then worked 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and then worked her next day’s shift. Apple says Ying likely misunderstood Weir’s question, “How many Apples do you carve each day?”
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