Foxconn, ever-classy manufacturer to the stars, was considering raising prices to offset the cost of paying its overworked, suicide-prone employees a decent wage. Now we know it's happening, despite an iPhone-boosted 30% increase in sales.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing titan troubled by a spate of suicides at its Shenzhen factory-city, held a rally for its workers who were given t-shirts, pom-pons, and—inexplicably—Spider-Man costumes.
The NYT has more on the death of Sun Danyong, the Foxconn worker who apparently committed suicide after an iPhone prototype went missing. As compensation, his family has been paid about $44,000, and his girlfriend received an Apple laptop.
Whatever role iPhone builder Foxconn played in 25-year-old Sun Danyong's death after a prototype iPhone he was entrusted with went missing, they will likely not pay the highest of prices: Losing Apple's business.
Let's step back from the iPhone leak suicide for a minute and just think about the basics of what happened. A phone was lost. A guy was tortured. A guy killed himself or something. Over a fucking phone.