A bad day for Apple, they get sued and people kill themselves
Oh dear. Apple aren't having the best time of it at the moment. They're getting their arses sued and people keep committing suicide at one of the plants who supply them.
First, the legal junk. Taiwanese phone makers, HTC (who currently make the 'Desire' phone which many are getting all foamy about as a genuine alternative to the iPhone) have gone and filed a patent complaint against Apple, asking for the US sale of iPhones, iPads and iPods to be halted.
This looks like a reaction to the story in March which saw Apple suing HTC when they alleged that the company had infringed 20 patents relating to the iPhone. Of course, Apple don't need this headache because they're still involved in a patent suit with Nokia as well.
HTC are arguing that Apple have infringed on five of their patents and as such, are asking for a ban on the importation of Apple's products, which are manufactured overseas.
"We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industrial partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones," said Jason Mackenzie, HTC's vice president for North America told the Beeb.
However, that's nothing compared to actual death. The world's largest electronics assembler - Foxconn - who provide for Apple, has seen another one of its staff members killing themselves. The Reg reports that the 24 year-old woman's death brings the total of suicidal Foxconn workers to eight for the year. Apparently, two other Foxconn employees tried to take their own lives this year, but failed.
This news comes on the back of a notorious story where Sun Danyong was (allegedly) being shoved around and beaten up by Foxconn's security after a prototype Apple iPhone 4G went walkies.
The most recent suicide, a worker identified only by her surname of Chu by the Associated Press, like Sun Danyong, leapt from her apartment block to her death. Rumour has it that Apple have previously sent an audit team to Foxconn to investigate allegations of employee abuse.
In response to all this, a Foxconn spokesperson issued a statement saying that the company's treatment of its workers is "world class" and their website states that they have been named "Best Company to Make Employee Feel Blessed" in 2006 and was judged to be among the "Best Employers in China" in 2006 and 2005. Alas, it isn't the first time they've been featured on these pages.
Still, this kind of press is something that Apple could really do without.