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  • Lost iPhone Prototype Ends in Suicide
    25 year-old Sun Danyong received 16 prototype iPhones from the assembly line at a Foxconn factory in China where he worked on Thursday, July 9th. An engineering graduate, Sun had landed a job handling product communications for Foxconn shortly after graduating. Within the following days Sun noticed that one of the prototype iPhones was missing. He reported the missing iPhone to his supervisor on Monday, July 13th.

    By Wednesday Sun found himself in a lot of trouble. As we already know Apple tries to keep their prototypes and future models away from the public eye as much as possible. This secrecy is a tool Apple uses to build up suspense and surprise to increase the grandeur of product launches leading to more sales, more profit, etc etc. Knowing this Sun's employer, Foxconn (who makes Apples iPhones and iPods) took quick measures to ensure that the missing iPhone was found in order to protect Apple's secrets and their business relationship.

    On Wednesday Sun's apartment was searched illegally by 3 Foxconn employees looking for the iPhone. There are also allegations floating around that Sun was detained and then physically abused during the investigation.

    Finally around 3 a.m. on Thursday July 16th Sun jumped out the window of his apartment to his death.

    Apple commented on the tragedy saying
    We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death. We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect.
    Unfortunately this kind of thing appears to happen frequently in China. According to Steven Lin, a Chinese blogger and marketer
    Students [like Sun] have been studying in schools for years, and they have been carefully protected by their parents. They can’t endure such pressure - ‘their house being illegally searched,’ or ‘house arrests’ (if that’s true, according some reports news). Employees at these and other factories sometimes kill themselves simply because of the pressure from their daily jobs — you know what’s going to happen when they face more serious threats. Also, most young Chinese guys don’t have friends who are lawyers, so they don’t know how to protect themselves in the legal system. They won’t even look for help from the legal system. They will just endure the pressure, and finally find an extreme way to end all their troubles.
    [via venturebeat] thx iphoneuser2008 for the tip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Lost iPhone Prototype Ends in Suicide started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 158 Comments
    1. Matthew81708's Avatar
      Matthew81708 -
      f*** Apple, damn a life is more important than a damn prototype. R.I.P
    1. Nukie's Avatar
      Nukie -
      Wow, Doodlejump on the 4th generation iPhone is one dangerous game.
    1. aamodr's Avatar
      aamodr -
      may his soul rest in peace!! poor fellow..i get a lot of patients who are under work pressure ....man it can be bad!
    1. ZacGoesRawr's Avatar
      ZacGoesRawr -
      Awwwww :[. I don't see why you should jump out a window because of that but, if it floats ur boat.
    1. Kory's Avatar
      Kory -
      Can you say " Tossed oFF " this guy was tossed from his apartment. This is China...
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      wow that really sad...

      I wonder if that would have happened if it was a factory in the US and not an overseas company...
    1. ianjameslemasters's Avatar
      ianjameslemasters -
      Quote Originally Posted by relkorama View Post
      Wow. The all-mighty-dollar reigns all aparently.
      there's no aparantly to that. it is true to the fullest extent.
      kinda makes me not want my iphone.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by marys25 View Post
      I wonder if that would have happened if it was a factory in the US and not an overseas company...
      No, US companies wouldn't have windows that open.

      Quote Originally Posted by ianjameslemasters View Post
      kinda makes me not want my iphone.
      I'll take it off your hands if it makes you happy
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      No, US companies wouldn't have windows that open.


      yes that is true...and kinda funny. but I kinda meant the situation that SUN found himself in...
    1. djmaven's Avatar
      djmaven -
      what Did Steve Mobs Push someone out the window. Sad story a multimillion dollar company like apple can care less. A Cover up story claims Suicide.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Something smells fishy in denmark!
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      Quote Originally Posted by alpawa View Post
      I know companies are built to make money, but since Apple is so concerned about being "green" they also should be concerned about working with suppliers and companies that uphold the same labour and human rights standards as US companies do. Not paying attention to this may hinder Apples good rep and recent stock rise. Food for thought.
      ***k u and ur country u know what just see the gwantanamo thing and say ***!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tarekkkkk View Post
      ***k u and ur country u know what just see the gwantanamo thing and say ***!
      What a polite and pleasant chap you are.
      Nice to see you don't judge people then....
    1. weshoover's Avatar
      weshoover -
      thats sad but does anybody else really want to see this iphone!!!
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by weshoover View Post
      thats sad but does anybody else really want to see this iphone!!!
      Bad taste.

      If apple wanted to truly make a bold statement, they would end their contract with that manufacturer/distributor and public call for others to do the same.

      Too bad the financial bottom line will prevent them from doing so.
    1. gpadilla81's Avatar
      gpadilla81 -
      so sad i can't believe he lost an iPhone...
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      Most of you are forgetting that this happened in China not Wyoming. The social and governmental ideals, stressors and involvment in everyday life are COMPLETELY diffrerent. Murder or suicide have some perspective on the situation. China is not a suburb in Florida, the "law" doesn't protect human rights and if it does a very small amount of money can make someones life VERY expendable
      I think this is the correct perspective on this crazy deal.
    1. chrisvazquez's Avatar
      chrisvazquez -
      lol wow..never thought someone would kill themselves over a phone dats ****** up
    1. HaiLong's Avatar
      HaiLong -
      sun danyong could be a chinese name btw. why does everybody on the internet think they are an authority on one thing or another. one guy is an alleged expert on suicide, the other an expert on Chinese culture? people abuse these sad cases by using them as an opportunity to bolster their facade of intelligence and wisdom. you guys need to get your heads out of your asses and realize that you're nothing special.

      my condolences to his family.
    1. unlockingsky's Avatar
      unlockingsky -
      this is a sick company that drives a young engineer to suicide. the company might as make the public know when whomever stole the proto-iphone return it for in-order Sun's family receive compensation.