Last May, seven workers at a Chinese iPad plant took their own lives - leading to an investigation into working conditions at the Foxconn factory all seven worked for.
Last week, the Guardian published a follow-up on the working conditions at Foxconn's plants in Shenzhen and Chengdu and found not much - if anything - had improved.
The article tells of forced military drills, public humiliation and overtime far in excess of the legal maximum. From the article:
After the spate of suicides, workers were asked to sign a document promising not to kill themselves and limiting their families' payouts to the legal minimum.
"The dormitories where she and most others live offer little comfort. Up to 24 people can share one room and the rules are strict, even prohibiting the use of a kettle or a hairdryer. One worker who did was forced to write a confession letter: 'It is my fault. I will never blow my hair inside my room. I have done something wrong. I will never do it again.'"
Apple has a code of conduct that calls for respectful treatment of supplier employees, The Guardian, however, suggests Apple is aware that many fall short of upholding these standards.