Whether the retraction slows down the avalanche of criticism directed at Apple in recent months remains to be seen; parts of the New York Times series of stories have also been challenged on factual grounds.
Apple has already published its annual Supplier Responsibility report detailing its findings about conditions at supplier factories. The company has also asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct an independent investigation of the plants of its final assembly suppliers.
"Apple takes worker conditions very seriously," Apple CEO Tim Cook said last month, "and we have for a very long time."
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