When clicking through the blogosphere, I sought out articles pertaining to the new iPhone 5. I was expecting to see posts detailing its new features and sleek look. However, as I scrolled through the recommended blogs, one post in particular caught my attention- The real cost of an iPhone 5: life in the Foxconn factory.
I have to admit that I had been eager to see the new and improved iPhone. As soon as it turned 1pm EST, my friends and I quickly searched for images of the new phone, excited to see what we presume the next phone we will own looks like. I never once stopped and thought about what introducing a new product that will undoubtedly be in such high demand would mean for the factories that produce the iPhone. After devoting so much class time to discussing Foxconn and Shenzhen, I still went into consumer overdrive and did not consider the facts about the production process. In fact, it was not until I came across this blog that I stopped to think about the implications of the iPhone 5.
“We suspend our ethics when Apple introduces a new phone,” writes this blogger. The allure of Apple products causes us to neglect our better judgment. As someone who is aware of conditions at Foxconn, this shiny new product still blinded me. In March, Foxconn recruited 20,000 new workers to meet the iPhone 5 production targets, and must be prepared to produce 57 million in one year. This is definitely something worth thinking about before preordering the new iPhone.