Contract factories owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd’s Foxconn, Pegatron Corp, Wistron Corp and others employ hundreds of thousands of workers to assemble Apple devices.
-- Stephen Nellis, Reuters
It's not really deepening, now is it? China has been the go-to electronics assembler for a long time, which reflects on the stagnation in tech. Billions of dollars are flowing into autonomous vehicles, but tech is still using hundreds of thousands of people to manually assemble its' widgets. This is the next revolution. Not autonomous, not artificial intelligence, not blockchains. Those things will come, but manual assembly of (largely) affinity products by an oppressed workforce, is a larger near-term problem that tech has to solve.