Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China

A look at the human cost of our electronics. It’s saddening and sobering at the same time, something which we should all consider when we get locked into our never-ending upgrade cycles – craving the newest thing. We don’t have to upgrade every year or two, our devices should last us many years or more. It would be disingenuous to say we’re a bunch of brainwashed consumer monkeys (especially in the cult of Apple), but it wouldn’t be far off.

Of course, it’s much easier to ignore it, write it off or sweep it under the carpet. An inconvenient truth in the way of getting more shiny objects. Something that I’ve adopted for myself in the last year or so: “The objects you own, will end up owning you.”

Note that it’s certainly not a situation that is exclusive to Apple (Foxconn manufactures products for a huge range of companies), but Apple is the obvious target – their ruthless supplier demands and massive $100bn cash hoard raises questions: At what cost?

Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China

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