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‘iPhone Girl’ Finds Fame And Fear On The Production Line

imageNevermind the dodgy 3G, the tough sales targets or those allegations of poor working conditions on Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) Chinese production line; life on the iPhone coalface is a laugh a minute – and here’s the proof…

A British customer named Mark last week turned on his new iPhone to find a number of photos already on the handset. The pictures, which were meant to test the camera but were never deleted and were posted to MacRumors, show a worker at assembly contractor Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant posing with a wide smile and making “peace” signs with the gadget while coworkers listen to some banging iTunes tracks.

In the normal order of things, the young lady might expect quick dismissal for bringing Lord Jobs’ usually pristine empire in to disrepute – but a Foxconn spokesperson called the episode just “a beautiful mistake”. This from the same company that was the subject of a 2006 newspaper expos√© claiming workers earn just ¬£27 a month and “live in dormitories on the site, 100 to a room, arriving with a few possessions and a bucket to wash their clothes”. So this may actually be good PR… perhaps Cupertino should preload a picture of a beaming Chinese worker on every phone?

But it’s not all smiles – the unnamed employee’s growing fame (she has predictably become a Digg hit and is supposedly being stalked by paparazzi) has freaked out the one they’re calling “iPhone girl”, the spokesman told today’s South China Morning Post

“She’s just a young girl who has come to the city from her remote hometown. She’s never been in such a situation. She’s really scared by the media. She told me she wanted to quit her job and go back home to get away from this. We let her off work today so she could rest.”

2 Responses to “‘iPhone Girl’ Finds Fame And Fear On The Production Line”

  1. luvreina89

    i have been reading all over the articles, websites, and blogs in the internet and find this iPhone girl phenomenon is quite fascanating, and i enjoy to read the story about her. i hope this girl is tracked and we can learn her full name and background.heard that she comes from a remote area somewhere in southern China. that's what i like about rural girl.they are very rare in term of personality – they just sincere, that is. hope we can truly know who she is. and hope she is not too scared of the media as she is now a global phenomenon! what it takes to make your face and name known worldwide?this is surely her luck!!