Apple's celebration of record earnings was tempered this week by a grim report about working conditions at one of its component suppliers.
Obliterating its own earnings estimates, Apple reportedand profits of $13.06 billion.
"We're thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads, and Macs," Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in a statement. "Apple's momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline."
Cook then had to address an in-depth New York Times report thatlinked to scores of injuries and a handful of deaths. The report recounted an explosion at a plant in Chengdu that killed four, focusing on the final months for Lai Xiaodong, a 22-year-old who had worked a few months at the Foxconn Technologies plant where the iPad is produced.
One former Foxconn executive told the Times that "Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost."
Apple did not respond to a request for comment from CNET last night, but Cook addressed the issues highlighted in the report in an e-mail sent to employees.
"We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain," Cook said. "Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us."
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