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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. JimMag01010's Avatar
      JimMag01010 -
      dude wtf why are you saying maybe i should return the prototype then have condolences you are an idiot
    1. brett k's Avatar
      brett k -
      I'm really sad to hear about this and many other things that go on in China. Say what you want about America but I think the value of life here is a little higher than this, I think so.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      shame on Apple for not taking steps to make sure this kind of stuff doesnt happen. And my heart goes out for Sun and his family.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      shame on Apple for not taking steps to make sure this kind of stuff doesnt happen. And my heart goes out for Sun and his family.
      How to do you prevent a working from committing suicide over an iPhone? The company and workers responsible for the search and possible assault should be held accountable, but there really isnt much that can be done in the future...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ +1
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      man that's so sad pressured in such a way i my heart goes out to his family
    1. galantgtz99's Avatar
      galantgtz99 -
      Well said.. there are only two things to look at here. why are the young people today so weak minded, and not able to function properly under pressure. Also the procedures for Foxconn as a corpration, are they conducted properly.
      Stop giving me BS about chinese culture and no human right in china crap.... this has absolutely nothing to do with it. Chinese governent is not even invloved with this mess...
      you people are full of crap...


      Quote Originally Posted by HaiLong View Post
      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. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Sad to hear about a death over an iphone.


      But maybe a member from Foxconn threw him out the window and they used a suicide story as a cover up. There has to be more to the story.
    1. hondakorn's Avatar
      hondakorn -
      OFFICIAL SUSPENDED AFTER WORKER DEATH!!!

      Hon Hai Suspends Official After IPhone Worker Suicide (Update2) - Bloomberg.com
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Something is just not right about the whole thing. His death is a tragedy but the whole truth is not being told in my opinion.
    1. supreme-livin's Avatar
      supreme-livin -
      that suks
    1. Meglomaniac's Avatar
      Meglomaniac -
      i agree if a manufacturing company goas against the law and presures a employeee into suicide himself then that doesnt sound like a company to do business with.

      besides isnt it as much the companys responsibility as the employers to keep an eye on prototypes at all time.
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What a polite and pleasant chap you are.
      Nice to see you don't judge people then....
      well i cant take it when someone say good things on usa and they dont know anything about whats going on outside the us
      if ur family were killed by us forces and they didnt do anything and they were only 1 year old kids etc well my family didnt but my friends on arabe world is currently under this but hear me one day this will outcome very dangerous results mark my words
    1. Skermefaten3's Avatar
      Skermefaten3 -
      A very sad story indeed. However, there were some who didn't believe 16 prototypes of an iPhone 12 months before its release. Reasonable, but take a look at this:



      I found this around the time the 3GS came out last month. This is the Guided Tour of the iPhone 3GS. In the segment where they showed its faster speed, they opened up The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. The link directly went to the main page on NY Times. On the main page it showed Barack Obama and his wife during the Inauguration Walk. The headlines read "Obama vows Era of Responsibility". It is hard to read, but I got the picture on to MS Paint from the Guided Tour (thx to PrtSc) and saved it to my computer so I could zoom in to the words using Windows Photo Gallery.

      My point is that, why would NY Times be putting up headlines shown most likely the day or the day after the Inauguration in June? Of course they wouldn't. I figured at first that the guide was made in January using the 3GS. Then again, wouldn't Apple know that people would notice that? I'm still confused by that.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Don't you love conspiracy theories?
      I reckon the a6 phones were 1 fourth Gen, 1 fifth gen, 1 sixth gen etc.
      They already have the next 16 years iPhones!!!!
    1. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      its really sad to hear... my condolences to his family!
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      A prototype (16, as a matter of fact) a full 12 months before it would ever be released? That a factory worker got hold of (16 of them, remember?)?

      BS.

      This whole story wreeks of BS. I ain't buyin'.

      Source please.
      It was on the CNN ticker.
    1. Nickel's Avatar
      Nickel -
      My thoughts are with his family, very sad
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      My thoughts are with my family - thety are related to me. Now that IS sad
    1. geekgrrl's Avatar
      geekgrrl -
      If he "sold" it, for "industrial espionage" entering his family home, and making threats, before an arrest on probable cause, would still be harsh.

      However, it is a sad comment that citizens of China feel so much fear.

      I have tears for so much fear of officials and reactionary government.

      I do hope his family knows that people here have feelings for their loss of their family member.