Gallery: New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

Apple just surpassed Exxon-Mobile as the wealthiest company on Earth. With $108 billion dollars in profits one would think they could turn some of that cash back to the workers who spend their lives assembling these devices.

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  1. BWild March 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I wonder how many of those 156 factories belong to Apple at the first place. Who are the Foxconn owners? The truth is more complicated than this story. What is this, a witch hunt on Apple, like they are the bad guys now?
    How many years does a worker need for Gucci bag, Prada boots or any other high-end market product?
    Apple, like any other buyer has a contract with its suppliers. Yes, I agree that this powerful and rich buyer has a leverage to demand better conditions for workers, and even to walk away from it.
    Perhaps, Apple should forget about outsourcing all together and bring the whole production back to North America, or just US, where workers rights are slightly better regulated.

  2. jpyatt March 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I would recommend that anyone interested in the “evils” of employing people overseas read the book “The Undercover Economist” by Time Harford. Yes, hard working conditions and low pay are not where people should stay, but consider the alternatives.

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