Apple Issues Statement on Foxconn Factory Explosion, Investigation in Progress

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Apple Issues Statement on Foxconn Factory Explosion, Investigation in Progress
  2. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    the last thing we need to worry about right now is production delays, ipads are replaceable, lives are not
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    You're right. Infact, Apple shouldn't have said anything at all. :rolleyes:
  5. bitWrangler macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2007
    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.
  6. dannyp1996 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    United Kingdom

    I definitely respect Apple for their quick response. Their long term plan however, we'll have to wait and see...
  7. ericinboston macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    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.
  8. jusacruiser macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    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.
  9. PorterRocks macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2010
    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. :rolleyes:
  10. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
  11. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    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.
  12. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
  13. Caharin macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    I just lol'd, and that doesn't happen very often.

    I must be a sick man.
  14. cooldaddybeck macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    San Jose, CA
  15. Nomadski macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    And so diverse!
  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    And of course, a lot of posts with "rolleyes"... :eek:
  17. cooldaddybeck macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I like the token he just a huge Twilight fan or does the sun never shine in China?
  18. bit density macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2004
    So, since apple and disney are now best of friends. Are the three people to the right actually a "hidden Mickey"?
  19. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    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!
  20. wackymacky macrumors 65816


    No, he just works indoors, 16h a day, 7 days a week, making us our little shiny playthings, for $1 and hour. (Thanks, mate!)
  21. louis Fashion macrumors 6502a

    louis Fashion

    Jan 22, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    Sunshine Superman

    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.
  22. pflau macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2007
    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.
  23. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    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.
    (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.
  24. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Foxconn is a supplier and the disruption could materially affect Apple's bottom line, so they have a duty to inform shareholders.
  25. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    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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