It wasn’t worker suicides and labour camp-like conditions at Foxconn that finally convinced Apple to go knocking around for a new supplier, it was that explosion at one of the plants we told you about some weeks ago. Not the safety issues or loss of human life, though. Just the fact that the conflagration has apparently put a dent in Foxconn’ supply capability and Apple is rumored to be eyeing Foxconn competitor Petagron to share the load.
With indications of an iPad HD on the way and demand for the iPad steadily rising, it was probably a matter of time before Apple outgrew Foxconn anyway, despite the fact that the Chinese factory supplies parts for some of the world’s biggest consumer electronics brands. Hopefully, Apple’s business will bring a new focus on improving working conditions in other factories as well, as it did for Foxconn, though we’re guessing Petagron already have their suicide nets in place by now.
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