Web surfers ask: Who's that girl?

Who is the “iPhone Girl”?

Pictures of an Asian factory worker found on a new iPhone sold to a British customer have spurred keen talk on the Internet about her identity – and her fate.

The three photos, posted on the Apple discussion Web site Mac, show a young Asian woman working on what appears to be an assembly line for iPhones.

Dressed in a pink striped outfit and hat and wearing white gloves with yellow fingertips, the woman is smiling and making victory signs next to an iPhone.

The user who posted the photos last week – identified as only “markm49uk” from Kingston-upon-Hull, England – said in a post that one of the pictures showed up on a new 3G iPhone when the iTunes program was launched.

News reports say the woman may work at a factory run by an Apple contractor, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen.

But the South China Morning Post on Wednesday quoted a Foxconn spokesman, Liu Kun, as confirming the young woman in the pictures works for Foxconn.

Liu said workers testing the device took the pictures and may have forgotten to delete them, the Post reported.

Dubbing the mystery worker “China's prettiest factory girl,” China's Southern Metropolitan Daily on Tuesday quoted an unidentified Foxconn official as saying the woman was not fired.

Apple publicist Jill Tan said the company had no comment.