iPhone 4G Prototype Goes Missing

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!

Via DigitalBeat [image source: Apple]

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10 Responses to “iPhone 4G Prototype Goes Missing”

  1. Phill Hutton says:

    Im not suggesting any foul play by apple but did he jump or was he pushed?

  2. James says:

    Ahhh i don’t know, on the video camera it was suggested that he jumped out of the window!

  3. pdquick says:

    Yes, the 25 year old worker committing suicide really is that bad. Sorry you had to ask.

  4. Jimbo says:

    He killed himself because he was affraid of the torture continuing. Not directly because of the phone.

  5. James says:

    Hi pdquick, I meant was it really that bad about losing the prototype not about him killing himself because obviously that’s bad!

  6. Matt says:

    It just shows you, dont mess with powerful companies.

  7. Mo says:

    This article just highlights the sad state of news/journalism, if you can even call it that, in the Internet age. Is a prototype worth a life? What a ridiculous and irrelevant question for Sun Danyong, who obviously, for whatever reason, felt enough emotional distress to take his own life. That IS the reality. Is a prototype worth a life to someone who is thinking completely rationally and under no emotional strain whatsoever? Of course it isn’t, and to ask the question is an insult to the tragedy of the situation–a human being felt so much emotional stress and pressure as to believe that the only way out of the situation was to kill himself.

  8. James says:

    Hi Mo, you obviously feel strongly about this subject and rightly so! I totally agree with you here, on all your points. All i meant by the question “is a prototype worth a life?” was just to highlight the fact that a prototype really isn’t worth a life at all. It just goes to show the emotional strain when a big company like Apple is involved!

  9. LumenArc says:

    Did he really kill himself or you guys just kidding


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