Foxconn employee detained for smuggling Apple iPhone 6 parts out of the factory

Foxconn employee detained for smuggling Apple iPhone 6 parts out of the factory
Just a few days before Apple officially introduced the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, we started to see some higher quality leaks, including video of the device being reviewed in Chinese. As it turns out, Foxconn employees might have been behind some of this. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chinese police "detained" an employee of the contract manufacturer on September 4th. Allegedly, the employee stole iPhone 6 shells from the factory in northern Shanxi province.

A report in the local Communist Party run newspaper said that 40 year old "Qiao" (the suspect's surname) sold six iPhone 6 shells for $960 to an electronic gadget maker in Shenzhen. The employee had answered an ad during the summer from someone willing to pay $160 for each iPhone 6 shell. He smuggled one out of his shirt pocket by leaving the factory at the same time as countless others at the end of the day. He had it sent by courier to an address in Shenzhen, and received his money days later.

Encouraged by how smoothly the initial theft went, Qiao stole five more shells that month. But this time, Foxconn became aware of the shortage and went through video surveillance tapes with local police. They also checked out local courier services. After twenty days of investigation, Mr. Qiao was singled out as the thief. A staff member with the public security bureau in Jincheng said that the agency was working with Foxconn on the matter. He also confirmed that the suspect was being detained.

With tens of thousands of Foxconn workers assembling Apple's devices, keeping things happening inside the factory a secret is a tall order indeed. And thanks to low wages, the temptation is always there for Foxconn employees to make a few extra bucks by stealing parts from the factory, and selling them to others.

Sometimes, it is information that is smuggled out of the factory. As early as March, pictures that were taken allegedly by a Foxconn employee inside one of the factories showed what turned out to be the exact final design for the iPhone 6, including the protruding camera, six months before the phone was unveiled by Apple.

source: JCBCTV (translated) via WSJ

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1. joey18

Posts: 683; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

samsung was the buyer

4. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They got ripped off. They could have bought the HTC One M8 six months earlier and gotten the same thing.

6. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Everyone knows Samsung would never "steal".

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Without turning a factory into a concentration camp I don't think it's possible to prevent leaks today, especially with a company like Foxconn with "tens of thousands" of workers.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It is a concentration camp. Once you step in you are not allow to leave till your contract or your life expires. That's why the place has a high suicide rate. In the name of greed all matters can be over look.

5. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Even from the outside that building looks like it might be a full blown concentration camp/mega sweat shop.

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Are these concentration camps like the ones America used during WWII to detain Japanese-Americans? Don't forget about the "reservations" that was employed to contain Native-Americans.

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