PHOTOS: Inside Apple's Top Secret iPhone Factory Where 50,000 Staff Are Subjected To Facial Recognition, Metal Detectors, Etc

Military efficiency: Hundreds of workers line up for roll call at the Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China, which makes iPhones for Apple
Lined up with military precision, hundreds of employees wait to make iPhones at one of the most secretive factories in the Apple production line. Dressed in pink jackets, blue hairnets and plastic slippers, the workers have their ID badges scanned on an iPad by a supervisor at morning roll call.

From there, they make their way in single file to the assembly line but not before undergoing facial recognition checks at security turnstiles to clock in. Pegatron Corp employs up to 50,000 people to assemble iPhones at its plant in Shanghai which covers an area the size of 90 football fields. 

As they enter the compound, workers must pass through metal detectors designed to weed out any camera or video equipment that could be used to leak details of any unreleased technology.

They then climb up a stairwell that has a safety net draped across the middle – to prevent accidents or suicide attempts – before getting changed into their uniforms and lining up for roll call. 

Until now, the factory's inner workings have been a closely guarded secret. 

But the two firms have, for the first time, allowed a western journalist inside after facing years of accusations that their staff were having to work gruelling hours on low pay.

Jenny Chan, a lecturer at Oxford's Kellogg College, said: 'The fact they let a reporter in shows that they are responding to external pressure and trying to be more transparent. At least on the surface, they're trying to fix something.' 

According to China Labour Watch, base salaries are so low employees are forced to work overtime just to get by, with one employee revealing her salary was 2,020 yuan (£230) a month. An iPhone 6 in China costs 4,488 yuan (£480). 

Clocking in: A supervisor holds an iPad as he checks an employee's badge during roll call at a Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China
Keeping tabs: A supervisor scans staff into an iPad during the morning roll call before they head to the assembly line to make iPhones
A supervisor checks names of staff at the Pegatron factory, the secretive realm where the world's most profitable smartphones are made
Roll call: Pegatron and Apple have adopted new procedures to keep assemblers from doing excessive overtime after years of 
Employees line up for roll call at the Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai, China, before heading to the assembly line for the day's work
Off to work they go: The staff wear blue hair nets and plastic slippers as they make their way to the assembly area after roll call
Army of workers: As many as 50,000 people assemble iPhones at the factory which is part of Apple Inc's closely guarded supply chain
On the march: The workers follow arrows on the floor and inspirational posters on the wall as they make their way to the assembly line
Punching in: Employees make their way towards the assembly line area where the world's most profitable smartphones are made for Apple
An employee looks into a facial recognition device which registers workers when they enter the assembly line area at the Pegatron factory
Staff look into facial recognition devices as they swipe their badges to enter the assembly line area at the Pegatron factory in Shanghai
Time for work: Employees walk through turnstiles to enter the assembly line area at the Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai, China
The factory is one of the most secretive facilities in the iPhone production line and covers an area equal to almost 90 football fields
An employee uses a facial recognition device as she swipes her badge to enter the assembly line area at the Pegatron Corp factory
Industrial: An employee changes into his uniform at his locker before heading to the morning roll call 
Staff walk past rows of lockers. Pegatron says it adopted the new ID system to create an efficient and responsible working environment'
More like an airport: Employees sit at an employee service centre inside the Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai, China
Employees look at their smartphones while sitting at an employee service centre inside the Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai, China
Employees check their pay stubs on computer terminals at an employee service centre inside the Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai
Downtime: An employee buys two sausage sticks during his lunch break in the factory canteen
Pictures of employees hang on a wall at an employee service centre inside a Pegatron Corp factory in Shanghai, China




   - Daily Mail




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