In China, human costs are built into price of iPad

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Apple and hundreds of other companies have found a system that allows devices to be made almost as quickly as they can be thought of – but not without a cost.

The New York Times is reporting that Apple has become one of the richest companies on the Earth because it has mastered global manufacturing, and has achieved a pace of innovation unmatched in American history.

However, the workers who put together iPads, iPods and Apple computers work under extremely harsh conditions, according to worker advocates, the nations involved and Apple’s own documents.

They work long hours, seven days a week, and some say they stand so long their legs swell and they can no longer walk. Underage workers are used, and hazardous materials are improperly disposed of.

Read more at the New York Times.