At Apple-associated factory, iPhone production comes at a price

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You’ve probably never heard of Foxconn by name, but it’s likely you know it by reputation: Long, grueling hours under unsafe and unpleasant working conditions, worker suicides, workplace violence and explosions in factories.

But the company that manufactures Apple’s iPhones, including the new iPhone 5, still draws in tons of applications from Chinese people of all ages and backgrounds looking to join their workforce.

Foxconn and Apple have gone back and forth on labor issues, but Apple often relents in the name of releasing its product on time and producing as many as it can sell in the U.S. and across the globe.

See the story, part 1 of a series, at CNET.