Bob Weir, ABC reporter:
Two shifts (one full day) can produce 300,000 iPad camera modules.
325 people assemble one iPad, taking five days to do it.
10,000 unibody iPad shells can be produced per hour
One person cleans the burrs from these shells by hand, 3,000 per shift
Each shift lasts 12 hours, with two hour-long meal breaks
An average meal costs a worker 70 cents
Workers take a siesta back on the line before returning to work
Workers live in dorms, eight to a room
There are lots of extra-curricular activities, including sports and study (the language lab is stocked with iMacs)
There you have it. High tech gadgets produced by low tech labors.
[update - 23rd Feb, 2012]
Further information gathered by Asymco on the production cost of an iPhone:
iPhone takes 24 hours to be built.
Of that 6 to 8 hours is spent in “burn-in” to install and test the software and components automatically.
In the ABC report the wage of workers on the line is given as $1.78/hr. 17 hours of labor input would imply $30 labor cost per iPhone.
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