Chinese Workers Make $8 on Each iPad Sale [REPORT]

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The Chinese workers producing iPad 2s receive $8 per device sold, roughly 1.6% of the $499 price point of the cheapest model, according to a report.

The report ballparks the figure at $8 based on average salaries, compared to the $150 Apple makes off each device sold, which is roughly 30% of the retail price. Factory workers in South Korea, who manufacture different parts of the iPad, take home a 6.8% slice of each sale or roughly $34 per unit sold.

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Several news stories (appearing in CNET and The Christian Science Monitor, among other places) have cited a report in Korea JoonAng Daily, however we are unable to find the original post.

While $8 sounds like a tragically small amount for the Chinese workers to take home, Forbes says the salaries in Foxconn factories are above average in China, which is a very poor country.

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After a New York Times investigation revealed the human cost to make Apple's iDevices in China, pundits and social media users alike have called on the company to change its practices. An online petition protesting Apple labor conditions garnered more than 250,000 signatures.

Since the investigation, Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised to dig deeper into unfair labor conditions in the Chinese factories. On Monday, the Fair Labor Association began investigating the Foxconn plants in Shenzhen, China.

Despite the reality harsh conditions for the Chinese factory workers, we know Cook himself is extraordinarily well-paid, having received $378 million in compensation in 2011.

Does the talk of Apple's inhuman factory conditions trouble you? Do you think the company has a worse track record than other major tech producers? Let us know in the comments.

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BONUS: iPad 3 Rumors

1. Minor Upgrades

iLounge recently reported that it saw a prototype of the next-generation iPad at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and that it looks just like the iPad 2, only thicker by about 1 mm. The camera in the top left corner is expected to be a bit larger than the iPad 2 and similar to the improved camera featured on the iPhone 4S.

It’s also been rumored that the next-generation iPad will have a high-resolution screen – possibly even double dpi -- and a stronger interior. However, the updates seen by iLounge seem to be more cosmetic than structural. Could the next-generation device be an upgrade similar to that of the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S?

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