Dec 7, 2013
A Phone to Die For
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
After losing a prototype iPhone, a Chinese product manager for Apple’s overseas manufacturer killed himself by jumping from his apartment window. Apple doesn’t directly manufacture its products, but the company’s notorious and sometimes belligerent devotion to secrecy isn’t playing well in light of reports that Sun Danyong, 25, was harassed before his death by security personnel from his employer’s parent firm.
To be clear, Apple did not directly employ the man in question or the security personnel who are alleged to have searched his apartment.
The iPhone is manufactured in China by Taiwan-based Foxconn, which is itself owned by a company called Hon Hai.
A Hon Hai security official has been suspended, but it’s not clear there’s a link to the suicide.
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