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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. rickymrtn93's Avatar
      rickymrtn93 -
      That really doesn't make any sense. I think it is a fake story. But let me remind you the moral story, it was just an accident. There was no fault of Sun. There was nothing to suicide. It might be sad but true.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      "Jumped," my ***.
    1. srsuser's Avatar
      srsuser -
      Man that sucks.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Lost iPhone Prototype Ends in Suicide . I thought that meant that the prototype self destructed after its dissapearance . There could be an app for that in the future .
      Sorry to hear about this kind of thing happening .
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The first time I read this story (in the members posted news) I thought how sad it was.

      Now I think it's BS. All the stories are just repeating the same source, apart from the cnet story. It strikes me as a typical internet conspiracy - say something mad enough and it gets picked up by other people and spreads. It really does not ring true.

      I don't believe Apple have a working prototype of next years phone. I don't believe they would have 16 of them and I don't believe that if they did they would give them to one man to take out of the factory to distribute.

      If it is true then it is very sad and if he wasn't pushed physically then he certainly was mentally and it is a horrific indictment of corporate life today.

      But I really don't believe it's true.
    1. iGrime's Avatar
      iGrime -
      Erm... sadness smh..

      Rest in peace Sun!

      Looks Like its true as well

      BBC NEWS | Business | China iPhone man commits suicide

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    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      People here are judging the companies all too harshly. If I beat someone up for stealing my iPhone and he then decided to kill himself would I be responsible for his death? Sure I would be a jerk for beating him up, but I don't feel I should somehow be blamed for his death. The bottom line is I don't think anyone on this forum knows enough to be pointing fingers at "corrupt industry" and the like. Do you REALLY think this was the outcome the company wanted? Doubtful...
    1. chris4851's Avatar
      chris4851 -
      This is sad. Maybe Apple shouldn't be so hard on there suppliers, their phone is not worth more than a single person's life. Apple tries to protect the secrecy of there products and it's absolutely ridiculous that someone gets killed in the process. Whether this happened at Foxconn or not Apple is at the top and drives this type of foolishness.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      It is sad to say, but unfortunately when it comes to such a fast paced market, people are expendable
    1. blacksti's Avatar
      blacksti -
      thats soo sad man what jerks to drive someone sooo mad to jump outta window
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Windmeel View Post
      Lol, agreed. At least you aren't lambasting me? Take care.
      No of course not. No lambasting here.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadowtrainer02 View Post
      So, to Apple, this "prototype iPhone" is worth more to them than a life? I know Apple has rediculous, and I mean /REDICULOUS/ product control (as all of us jailbreakers know), but this is wayyyyyyyyy over the line. Sad, over a stupid iPhone. Does it really mean that much to Apple?
      What are you talking about??? You think Apple sent some of their hitmen over to China to have this guy knocked off? C'mon man. Everybody these days is always trying to blame someone else for their actions. Nobody takes responsibility for their own choices anymore. It's very sad. It's always somebody else's fault! Unreal.
    1. brianturney's Avatar
      brianturney -
      If you read the story closely its even more sad. All the guy did was LOSE one of the phones he was allowed to have in his possession at his office. it doesn't say he stole or took 16 of them home. He simply misplaced or lost one at work. He reported the lost phone immediately to his company. AFTER he reported the lost phone they searched his house and came down hard on him. wow. what a ****** way to treat an honest employee. I mean really, if he was going to steal a phone why would he steal JUST ONE of the 16 he had at the office and then report it???? this is a case of a company over-reacting to a lost/misplaced prototype phone. I bet they'll feel realyl bad for tossing him out the window to protect their business contracts with Apple when they find that missing phone in some office desk somewhere. You know thats what happened. The company was afraid of losing their business with Apple so they nixed him. No guy is going to kill himself just because of a few threats from a company over a lost prototype. I don't buy that, they whacked him. A Chinese woman maybe (no offense ladies, but hell they almost cry when you pass them on the freeway or when they cut you off and you honk at them), but Chinese men are stronger than that. A man is killed over misplaced iphone prototype... SAD... There's no way in hell you'd ever catch me living in or traveling to China. This poor guy didn't have a choice. Even for americans or foreigners that place is f$#cked and dangerous. All it takes is one misstep and they'll have you locked up and throw away your passport. You couldnt pay me to go there or do business with them. ****** enough we have to buy their products if you want an iphone or any number of thousands of items sold here because a zillion companies send all the jobs there to make a buck.
    1. imnew2hu's Avatar
      imnew2hu -
      it makes me glad I live in the usa !!!! not that that could not happen here but less likley...

      my prayers for the man and his parents.
    1. Ydenyse's Avatar
      Ydenyse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      What are you talking about??? You think Apple sent some of their hitmen over to China to have this guy knocked off? ...
      No, of course not. Apple sent all of them. It was like that movie "Smokin' Aces".
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      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
    1. sendertimes's Avatar
      sendertimes -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeco View Post
      Dammm, maybe I should give the prototype back?.


      see if you could figure out why it gets so hot?


      in all seriouness, my heart goes out to him and his family
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      That's madness, that's when u know things r f****d when a phone means more than a persons well being
      This is really sad news. IMO Apple should take serious action - sue foxconn or compensate the family. If the allegations are true, this is rediculous for the sake of a phone.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by blacksti View Post
      thats soo sad man what jerks to drive someone sooo mad to jump outta window

      The hands of Foxxconn's hitmen
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      I guess it's a good thing that the windows in the Cupertino building don't open.