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Old May 20, 2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Apple Issues Statement on Foxconn Factory Explosion, Investigation in Progress







All Things Digital has obtained a statement from Apple on the explosion at manufacturing partner Foxconn's facilities in Chengdu, China where the iPad 2 is manufactured. In the statement, Apple expresses sympathy to those affected by the event and notes that it is working with Foxconn to address the cause of the explosion.
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"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," Apple said in a statement provided to AllThingsD. "We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."

Apple declined to say what the impact to production might be, or comment beyond the statement.
Authorities in Chengdu have confirmed that two people were killed in the blast, with at least sixteen other injured. According to reports, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is flying to Chengdu today, presumably to personally view the damage and oversee the company's efforts to determine the cause and aid those affected by the blast.

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Old May 20, 2011, 04:28 PM   #2
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the last thing we need to worry about right now is production delays, ipads are replaceable, lives are not
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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A quick response from Apple.
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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the last thing we need to worry about right now is production delays, ipads are replaceable, lives are not
You're right. Infact, Apple shouldn't have said anything at all.
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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Sorry to be a bit pedantic here but:

"and notes that it is working with Foxconn to address the cause of the explosion."

makes it sound like they know what the cause is and they're working to do something about it. The quote by Apple is more clear:

"We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."

A very unfortunate event indeed, esp given the history of the company.
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:38 PM   #6
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Respect

I definitely respect Apple for their quick response. Their long term plan however, we'll have to wait and see...
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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Is Foxconn the only company manufacturing the iPads?...or do they do 90% of the production? Anyone have any knowledge?

Of course lives are more important than products...however...would be interesting to understand POSSIBLY how this will affect the iPad's availability.
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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Yes, our hearts go out to those and their families who have been impacted by this cowardly act. Unfortunately, there are those who want to tear down successful free market capitalism.
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Old May 20, 2011, 04:59 PM   #9
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I'm glad to hear Apple's response to this tragic event. As unfortunate as this is, there are those who will be more concerned with Apple's production numbers, specifically, stockholders and fanboi's.
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:02 PM   #10
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Let's see how this pans out..
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:17 PM   #11
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Hope they can make some safety improvement.

But considering Foxconn employees over 1 million people, this kind of accident rate is actually quite low in terms of statistics.
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:19 PM   #12
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The graphic seems inappropriately heavenly.
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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The graphic seems inappropriately heavenly.
I just lol'd, and that doesn't happen very often.

I must be a sick man.
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:24 PM   #14
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People who work there are so happy!
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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People who work there are so happy!
And so diverse!
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Old May 20, 2011, 05:37 PM   #16
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I'm glad to hear Apple's response to this tragic event. As unfortunate as this is, there are those who will be more concerned with Apple's production numbers, specifically, stockholders and fanboi's.
And of course, a lot of posts with "rolleyes"...
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And so diverse!
I like the token honkey....is he just a huge Twilight fan or does the sun never shine in China?
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So, since apple and disney are now best of friends. Are the three people to the right actually a "hidden Mickey"?
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Apple says the same thing all the time.. We are deeply saddened... bla bla. As for this Terry Gou, and Apple, they probably don't care. These chinese workers are treated like slaves.... well they do care... about the money.

Its sad to lose a loved one. And I feel sorry for these injured people, and the families that lost a member today.

But I doubt Apple or Terry care. They care about MONEY!
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Old May 20, 2011, 06:44 PM   #20
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I like the token honkey....is he just a huge Twilight fan or does the sun never shine in China?
No, he just works indoors, 16h a day, 7 days a week, making us our little shiny playthings, for $1 and hour. (Thanks, mate!)
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Old May 20, 2011, 06:50 PM   #21
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I like the token honkey....is he just a huge Twilight fan or does the sun never shine in China?

Dude. Remember film? As in used to take pictures with a camera on film?

Well it is said, you could develop film in China just by unrolling the film canister and waving it out the window. In short, no, not much sunshine in China.
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Old May 20, 2011, 06:50 PM   #22
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I bet it's the same Chinese mafia who's been sending people to all the Apple stores to snatch up all the iPads to sell in the gray market.
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Old May 20, 2011, 07:25 PM   #23
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They were clearly making the new iBomb and they were testing it. Apple will sell it to the US Military. Here is a screenshot for it.
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(Black at first. White eight months later.)

But seriously now. It is sad that this happened, but I don't see why Apple even commented about this. They are just a customer. It would be like if a cashier got shot at my local Wal-Mart and people got upset I didn't say anything because I shop there everyday.
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It is sad that this happened, but I don't see why Apple even commented about this. They are just a customer. It would be like if a cashier got shot at my local Wal-Mart and people got upset I didn't say anything because I shop there everyday.
Foxconn is a supplier and the disruption could materially affect Apple's bottom line, so they have a duty to inform shareholders.
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Old May 20, 2011, 07:29 PM   #25
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Foxconn is a supplier and the disruption could materially affect Apple's bottom line, so they have a duty to inform shareholders.
Hmm... I see now. So Apple probably told this statement to their stockholders and of course they all went on the internet and posted what Apple said? I see now.
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