Foxconn has pledged to give factory workers raises, as well as adjust working hours to be a more humane position for the worker. Presently, the base salary of the factory employees is about $350 US per month, above the region's $240 monthly minimum wage. Workers on the assembly line will make about $700 US per month once the raise goes into effect.
It's widely expected that Apple will be the one footing the bill for the raise. Even at the higher pay, the price to manufacture the iPhone and iPad in China will stay significantly less than in the United States. Apple is known for paying a very fair wage to its US-based retail and corporate employees, so it's nice to see the Cupertino giant sharing the love with the ones who put together the toys we all love so much!