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China Hi-tech Manufactory’s Lost iPhone Tragedy

Posted by Author on July 23, 2009

Vivian Wai-yin Kwok, The Forbes, 07.22.09 –

HONG KONG — The design of the latest, yet unreleased, fourth-generation iPhone is top secret at Apple–one so “priceless” that it claimed the life of a young Chinese engineering graduate who was held responsible for misplacing a prototype.

Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old employee of Foxconn ( FXCNY – news – people ), which manufactures the iPhone for Apple ( AAPL – news – people ), jumped from the twelfth floor of his residential building in Shenzhen at 3:30 a.m. on July 16. Ninety minutes earlier, he sent a text message to a friend, saying his apartment had been searched and that he had been beaten up by senior officials of his company, according to Chinese newspaper Nanfang Daily. The story ran Tuesday alongside a picture of Sun’s last text message, shown on the friend’s phone.

Sun also had an online chat with his former university classmate Gao Ge about three hours before his death. Sun told Gao he was suspected by his company of stealing the latest iPhone prototype. During Foxconn’s internal investigation over the missing iPhone, Sun was illegally detained and physically abused by a security manager surnamed Yuan, and Sun’s apartment raided by three Foxconn employees. Sun described the scrutiny as the most humiliating experience of his life.

Sun’s last online chat was posted on Tianya, a well-known Chinese blog, two days after his death. It roused strong criticism of Foxconn among Chinese Netizens and on the Twittersphere.

According to the blog, Sun worked in Foxconn’s Shenzhen production site, the company’s largest, which employs more than 270,000 workers. Sun’s job involved handling product communications with Foxconn’s clients. On July 9, Sun picked up 16 prototypes of Apple’s fourth-generation iPhone from the assembly line and was responsible for shipping them to Apple. In the next few days, he discovered one of the phones was missing but couldn’t find it at the factory, where he thought he had left it. On July 13, he reported the situation to his supervisor.

Meanwhile, as Apple received one iPhone sample fewer than it requested, the U.S. computer giant suspected its highly confidential latest model, which has yet to launch, was leaked out by Foxconn. Apple applied immense pressure on the Chinese manufacturer, and Foxconn’s security manager allegedly instigated unlawful methods in interrogating Sun two days later.

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