The media in China is reporting that a fourth generation iPhone model has gone missing somewhere in China and the worker who was responsible for it, 25 year old Sun Danyong, has committed suicide.
The prototype belonged to Foxconn, a big manufacturing brand behind many big western electronic brands, including Apple. Sun was asked to transit the prototype models to another company, but something happened during the journey.
According to DigitalBeat Sun was given 16 phones from the assembly line at the local factory on July 9th. In the next few days, Sun discovered one was missing and informed his boss on July 13th. Next, on the 15th July, three Foxconn employees apparently searched Sun’s home illegally, and some claim Sun was detained and physically abused.
The following day, a little after 3am in the morning, video cameras at the apartments recorded Sun jumping out of a window to his death. Now this seems to be a slightly drastic thing to do here, is the loss of a prototype really worth a person’s life? Well, the company’s relationship with Apple may be harmed a lot from this, as a prototype of a future model in the wild is a nightmare.
Foxconn have now said they are investigating the whole situation.
This is a crazy situation i think you’ll agree, do you think a prototype is worth a life in reality? I’ll be sure to keep you posted on this!