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Monday
Feb202012

A Rare Look into Where Apple Products are Made

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SHENZHEN, China) -- Ever wondered where your Apple products are made? Nightline anchor Bill Weir visited a Apple factories in China.

In recent months, the fond memorials for Steve Jobs and the company's record-breaking profits have been tarnished by some of the worst press in Apple's history, most of it related to its top Chinese supplier, Foxconn.

Just after a horrific rash of worker suicides at the Foxconn factory complex outside of Hong Kong in 2010, a monologist named Mike Daisey launched a one-man show called The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. He described travelling to the gates of Foxconn and meeting people coming off 13-15 hour shifts on the Apple lines. He described a 13-year-old who spent her days cleaning iPhone screens.

Daisey's show was featured on NPR's This American Life in January and a listener named Mark Shields was so moved, he launched a petition drive online. Over 250,000 Apple users called on the company to build the first "ethical" iPhone, and protests were planned at Apple stores around the world.

In a three-golf-cart convoy, both Apple and Foxconn reps took Weir around to a half dozen production lines in Shenzhen and Chengdu, and there were always five to six people with them as they toured the factories and dorms. But aside from suggesting a visit to the counseling center or canteen, they never steered them to interviews and never interrupted.

This is some of what they saw.

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See it yourself on Tuesday's Nightline.

Adam Lashinsky of Fortune magazine and author of the new book Inside Apple, spoke with ABC New Radio's Richard Davies about Apple's image problem. He said the company operated in secrecy before Job's death but now they face several challenges including resurrecting its image.

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