Shifts at a Foxconn factory are typically eight to ten hours a day. Since about half of the company's Shenzhen employees live on campus, an entire city has sprung up around them. They train. They eat. They play.
In Shenzhen's electronics markets, an entire building is dedicated to Apple products. You can buy white iPhones—at least the backs—by the case. But why pick drab old white when you can get something even snazzier?
It wasn't that long ago I was praising the iPad for being a wonderful travel computer. It still is—until it isn't.
The hotel staff are friendly and anxious to please, but even when they finally understand my request, they don't quite understand my reasoning. Nevertheless, after all the pantomime and apologies, they are bringing me a power adapter.