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January 27, 2012

Apple’s Tim Cook Responds to Reports of Worker Abuse

Despite a phenomenal earnings report this week, Apple has taken a few rather brutal hits in the media related to the treatment of workers who assemble the iPhone and the iPad. In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly sent out a long letter to his staff refuting claims that Apple might be insensitive to worker mistreatment at its factories.

A recent New York Times report called Apple's success into question by offering a dark perspective on Apple factory worker treatment at Foxconn facilities in China.

Cook's response letter was obtained by 9to5Mac and goes into great detail regarding Cook's thoughts on the matter. Cook starts off by flatly denying any assertions that indicate a lack of concern on Apple's part.

"As a company and as individuals, we are defined by our values. Unfortunately some people are questioning Apple's values today, and I'd like to address this with you directly," Cook wrote. "We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. 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. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It's not who we are."



January 26, 2012

Tim Cook Announces New Apple Employee Discounts

There are some perks to being an Apple employee – tuition assistance, access to the latest Mac gadgets, and a legendary employee cafeteria. Those perks are about to get a little bit sweeter; CEO Tim Cook announced at a company-wide town hall that Apple will be offering some new employee discounts on its products.

9to5Mac is reporting that starting in June, employees will get $500 off new Macs and $250 off a new iPad.

To get the discount, employees have to have been with Apple for at least 90 days, and it can only be used once every three years.

Employees are currently afforded a 25 percent discount on Macs, so $500 could be pretty significant for some products. The new program excludes the Mac mini, 9to5Mac said, as the base price for this device is $569.