CBS San Francisco

CUPERTINO (CNN Wire) — On the backs of iPods, iPhones and iPads, and on the bottom of Mac laptops, an inscription reads: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.”

The parts themselves come from more than 150 companies from various parts of the world. The majority of those antennas, glass, metal, sensors and silicon are manufactured overseas.

How Cupertino-based Apple Inc. finds parts and manufactures its products, almost entirely abroad, is standard protocol in the technology industry. Electronics companies say Asian manufacturing plants are more affordable and more versatile than those found anywhere else in the world.

But as the most valuable tech company in the world, Apple is seen by many as a role model in business. And its reliance on cheap overseas labor — most notably at factories in China run by manufacturer Foxconn — has come under increased scrutiny in recent media coverage by CNN, The…

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