August 5, 2008 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Philadelphia, PA - Ryan Ritchey, the producer of The Digital Lifestyle, today posted a blog entry challenging Apple CEO Steve Jobs to an iPhone factory visit in China.
In 2006, Apple investigated wrongdoing at a Foxconn location due to press reports of inhumane conditions. Apple's own report found overtime violations and some questionable living quarters.
Ritchey said he is bringing up the factory visit now because of reports of increased iPhone production, beyond full capacity at Foxconn. "If there ever was a time that a precariously close to inhumane work environment could go over the edge, this new production ramp would be it," Ritchey said.
The blog points out that its not so much that human rights abuses are suspected, so much as there's a cloud of ambiguity hanging over the production facilities. "Go to China, Steve. Look firsthand at just how Apple products are manufactured. We'll happily go along, and vow to never raise the subject again if everything checks out," Ritchey said.
The Digital Lifestyle was founded in November 2007 as the only 24-hour online video network dedicated to Apple news, rumors, and lifestyle. The network was created by former Apple employees who bring a unique perspective to current Apple news and rumors.