This is Apple’s design team at a London event where they all received a prize. This set of workers designed the new iPhone, which is apparently quite difficult for another set of workers to manufacture. So difficult that those workers in China may be on strike. It’s not clear exactly what’s happening there, but it does appear that there have been some work disturbances at Foxconn in the last couple of weeks because of the pressure to reduce the iPhone 5 backlog.
The parts in an iPhone 5 (16GB) cost $199. Assembly cost is approximately $8.00. Apple sells them for $649. That kind of margin pays for perks like Jony Ive and his crew’s flight to London. I wonder how much it would cost to pay for decent working conditions for those Foxconn workers.
(And, yes, I do understand that the working conditions for other smartphone manufacturers are probably as bad or worse.)