GUANGZHOU, China — An employee at a factory that makes iPhones in China killed himself after a prototype went missing, and Apple Inc. responded Wednesday by saying its suppliers are required to treat workers with dignity and respect.
Sun was responsible for sending iPhone prototypes to Apple, and on July 13 he reported that he was missing one of the 16 fourth-generation units in his possession, the newspaper reported. His friends said company security guards searched his apartment, detained him and beat him, the paper reported.
The prototype was later found in the hands of Apple enthusiast Edward Green of Munich, Germany. He claimed to have purchased it on craigslist from some guy out of Africa, “they paid me to take it” he stated – “all I had to do was cash a few travelers checks and send 75% of the money back, I still can’t believe it!”.