In 5000times, designer Isabel Mager visualizes the repetitive tasks performed by the people who put together our iPhones and iPads
Few iPhone users realize when they go to snap a photo that someone in a factory in Shenzhen, China, spends entire days doing that exact action to check image quality. According to an analysis by Dutch designer Isabel Mager, one factory worker will take 3,600 images a day doing this work. That worker’s neighbor might have the task of soldering pieces together, a task enacted 2,160 times per day, or marking areas for assembly, which is done an average of 4,800 times a day. Once assembled, iPhones perform the most basic tasks for us—but their production is almost entirely performed by human hands.