Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn iPhone factory in China

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Mar 29, 2012
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  1. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently took some time to tour a Foxconn manufacturing plant during a visit to China. The new installation in Zhengzhou, China was build specifically to manufacture…

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    I guess they are trying to patch up its bad past? Well nice to see raising wages, could raise them another $100 but yeah...
  3. Maybe it is about time that Apple called it quits; not much purpose in robbing people of their money anymore.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Dear Leader visits Chinese electronics factory.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    There's a big difference between "Dear Leader" and Tim Cook, and it has nothing to do with being dead...
  6. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    They are paid a butt-ton more than American average wages and they get medical, lodging, clothing, et cetera, thrown in as well…
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Can you clarify how $250-$300 per *month* is a "butt-ton more than American average wages"? :)
  8. Chinese money is worth less than us money, but the things still cost the same. So a bottle of pop would still only cost $2 chinese dollars. They are paid between 1800-2200, but they would still be able to buy about the same amount of stuff as if they had us dollars.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    I saw on the news just today that the Foxconn workers working on Apple devices are/were underpaid and there is an investigation commencing.
  10. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Read the facts:

    Or have a look at a pretty picture:

    And when you are deciding over that consider some more facts and quotes and stuff:
    Or if you could stop to see past your polarisation you might see things a little clearer…
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    One is the tyrannical head of an organization who seeks global domination, and the other is the former leader of North Korea?

    We're like Abbot and Costello, you set 'em up, I knock 'em down.
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65


    Speaking of polarization...... I see you are HEAVILY polarized on this topic. So much so, you can't clearly read what other people type.

    I didn't ask you about how "amazing" China's work force is at making iPhones, what the "human costs" are for manufacturing Apple's toys *nor* did I ask you about the effects of boycotting Apple's products on the workers.

    What I *did* ask you is why you think $250-$300 per month is a "butt-ton more than American average wages".

    The random "Guest" above actually put some perspective on what you said earlier, although I'd have to say a DVD player might be $3 USD in China, but an iPad is still going to cost $500 USD.

    How far that money goes probably comes down to what you spend your money on. If you stick to locally designed and produced goods, I bet that $300 goes a long way. If you buy stuff from International or oversea-based companies like Levis jeans, an HP laptop or a Sony television, I doubt that $300 would go very far.
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65


    Well, humor aside, it seems like a rather insensitive comparison which diminishes the reality which North Koreans face. That's my only complaint. ;-)
  14. It seems impossible for so many Americans to understand that cost of life in China or some other countries is lower than in the US, and life is not about iPads, but about food, clothes, home, etc. An Android tablet costs about $60 in China, by the way. If I remember correctly, Mark Twain wrote about people unable to understand that in an area where a man earns more, prices are higher - they would still envy his higher salary. You can earn $5,000, but when you pay taxes, insurance, mortgage, bills, you are left with $50 for peanuts. And still you believe you're rich, because you earn $5K. Amazing. And hatred towards Apple on this site also amazes me... I can understand people hating Microsoft for making the buggiest operating system in the world, stealing ideas and creating a monopoly. But hating Apple for doing things that work, have no bugs, look nice and that people WILLFULLY buy - it's just crazy. If you don't like iPhone or a Mac, don't buy it, you don't have to. It's not like Windows that is a standard de facto which you can't avoid. And Apple is "stealing money"? How? Amazing, truly amazing. I have an iPhone that has never ever halted or had to be rebooted (except during system upgrades). I have a Mac that never ever gave me a blue screen or whatever is the color of the screen in Mac? I don't even know that. What is wrong about that? I wouldn't hate Apple even if I would get paid for it... but I guess not everybody is like me.
  15. Since I have come from a developing country, I know what I am talking about.

    The basic needs such as food, cloths, housing, electronics, vehicles and other goods costs the same as in US if not just a tiny bit less.

    What costs less than US is anything involves with labor. But in overall what you can buy from a monthly salary in a third world country is much less than what you can buy from a US monthly salary.

    Someone said improving the conditions of factory workers who work for US companies doesn't improve the conditions of others who doesn't work for such companies is wrong. When the conditions of such employees improve, in order to be competitive other companies have no option but to improve their conditions as well. This in turn has a global effect of improving salaries and conditions of everyone.

    Not only that, when the conditions and salaries of local population improves, US companies find it less attractive to outsource, making them to rethink about outsourcing and hire more employees into US offices.

    Therefore, improving salaries and conditions of factories goes a very long way, with a global effect, improving the conditions of local population and creating more jobs in US.
  16. I thought he was at the head of Apple not Microsoft...?

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