In the statement Apple said that it was "in direct contact with Foxconn senior management" and believe that Foxconn is taking the "matter very seriously."
Apple added that it is deploying a team to independently evaluate the steps that Foxconn are taking to address these suicides, and that it continue its ongoing inspections of the facilities where iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices are made.
Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn's paret company Hon Hai, has also been eager to head off criticism:
I'm very concerned about this. I can't sleep every night ... From a scientific point of view, I'm not confident we can stop every case. But, as a responsible employer, we have to take up the responsibility of preventing as many as we can."