April 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM ET
I used to imagine that Apple products are made with magic, in a place that resembles Santa's workshop. But a recent flurry of news reports from China has shattered any illusion that iPhones and iPads come into the world without people who work really hard, in sometimes unpleasant conditions. Now, at long last, there's even a video showing the gadgets actually being made.
The video is available thanks to Marketplace's Shanghai bureau chief Rob Schmitz, who is one of the very few reporters to have gained access to a Foxconn factory. As you may know, Foxconn is one of Apple's manufacturing partners, and Schmitz's tour of one of the company's factories gives us insight into the production of devices initially thought up in Cupertino, California.
The video above shows the highlights of Schmitz's tour of a Foxconn assembly line, where iPads are assembled and tested before being packaged up for shipping. There is no magic in sight — but it's still a pretty great clip.
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