Three Foxconn workers arrested and charged for leaking the iPad 2 prematurely
We didn't know how the thing will look like exactly, and just how thin it is came as a real surprise. Granted, we saw a few cases made for it, and some design shots way back in December, but nothing a dedicated KIRF-ster with time on his hands and money to burn couldn't do with relative ease, so nobody paid much attention.
Even that slip of the tongue, however, has been considered unacceptable by Apple and its assemblyman in China, Foxconn. When you work for Apple you know that even showing up late you can get away with a few times, but just mumble your opinion about a future Apple product in front of a customer, and you are immediately given the pink slip.
Totally understandable, considering how much of Apple's mojo is due to the "wow" factor of its product unveiling ceremonies. The fact that Chinese case manufacturers started producing wraps for the iPad 2 way before the device was launched, made Foxconn suspect an inside job, and turn the case to the police.
Indeed, the investigation resulted in three Foxconn employees arrested on December 26, 2010, and charged with violating their non-disclosure agreements about a month ago, by leaking chassis molds to accessory makers prematurely. For a similar stunt, but on a much broader scale, one of Apple's former managers - Paul Devine - faces up to 20 years of jailtime, after leaking roadmaps and product designs to accessory makers, to the tune of about $2.5 million.
It isn't clear if the three Foxconn employees arrested were a part of this scam, or they have shown their own initiative. Leaks are fun, but not when you are facing fines and jail sentence. Perhaps if Foxconn found a way to pay a little more, its employees wouldn't give in to temptation.
1. Brad (unregistered)
8. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
What WOW factor does Apple deliver??? In the past 2yrs I’ve only seen a change of colors. Oooo, they mean "WOW" that's all they have done. I was interpreting a "WOW" factor like "Dam that's cool!"
12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
ahh yes cause the iphone 3g looks just like the iphone 4, and they do the exact same things... i mean those processors... wow its like only doubled the power... and all these new colors since the iphone 3g are just amazing... im mean they added so many... but forget everything else guys its all about the colors...
14. cheetah2k (Posts: 726; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
iOS UI is just so bl00dy boring now..
And after 5 years, Apple still hasn't implimented native DivX playback....
21. @lucas777 (unregistered)
ya lets jailbreak our phone to get divx playback. seeing as first gen android plays video for us without the need of jailbreaking
2. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
this just shows that
1) foxconn still underpays its employees. suicide rates havent dropped and obviously people are trying to find more ways to make money.
2)apple still doesnt care about how foxconn treats its employees, as long as it makes another billion from ibots.
3)its absolutely no suprize that sue happy apple would sue its poor chineese workers.
3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Do you actually think it's just Apple or just Foxxcon? It gets far worse than this with some sweat shops that make your favorite clothes and shoes...
9. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its obviously not just apple and foxxcon, but lets put it in perspective. Things were so bad at the apple plant they had to put SAFEY NETS around the building to catch jumpers because they had 17 suicides in one year! They actually had to change their insurance policies to make suicide not payable, because one of the jumpers left a note saying that their family would make more from his death than him working there the rest of his life.
Has apple changed a single practice to prevent more? Has foxxcon? Steve jobs could give away 5% of his salary and give everyone at foxxcon a 100% raise and then some. Im not big on liberal tax schemes, but with that many suicides id be happy to donate part of my multi multi multi million dollar yearly earnings to make my coworkers not commit suicide.
13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
uhh buddy, i bet u anything if u actually took the time to look at any other plant in china it would be about the same... people just wanna hate on apple so they focus on them... the fact that you haters have to go all the way to china to find something to criticize is amusing
15. cheetah2k (Posts: 726; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Jobs should pay out all the foxcon workers with his life insurance when he dies of cancer...
Its like a game of chess right now. 17 pawns have died, but the King is not far from falling.
19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
ur nice... u shud never want someone to die... no matter who they r...
20. cheetah2k (Posts: 726; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
I just think, what goes around, comes around... Ultimately Jobs is responsible for those deaths
22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
how is it his fault? it is obviously foxconns... it is not up to apple to regulate their supplier's workers...
6. android_hitman (Posts: 582; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
jeff is chuck norris :)
you didn't heard this from me :P
16. cheetah2k (Posts: 726; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Thats because Jeff works in da sweat shopz :-p
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