Foxconn Set to Hire 90,000 Workers for Next-Gen iPhone Production Ramp Up
According to a recent report from the Far East, Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is in the midst of hiring 90,000 workers in preparation of expectedly large orders of the next-generation iPhone. The news comes from Taiwanese publication Focus Taiwan
which reports Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is starting a massive round of recruiting for its Shenzhen factory that will add as many as 90,000 people to the plant’s workforce.
Foxconn previously instituted a hiring freeze earlier this year to adjust for an unexpectedly high number of returning workers after the Chinese New Year. The company resumed recruitment operations in April to help manage the company’s yearly production ramp for its latest flagship iPhone.
Although Foxconn is thought to be handling assembly of the next-gen iPhone, Apple’s partner supplier Pegatron will supposedly be responsible for a low-cost handset made of polycarbonate or plastic. In May, Pegatron was also reported to have initiated a hiring drive of roughly 40,000 workers (a 40% boost to its workforce) to help cope with the additional iPhone orders.
Apple is widely expected to debut a next-generation iPhone model alongside a cheaper handset this fall, though an exact launch timeframe is disputed. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the iPhone 5S has been a challenge to manufacture and may see limited availability following a release at the end of September. He noted that production of the low-cost version is on track and should also be ready for an early September unveiling if Apple chooses to separate the two device launches.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S is rumored to retain the design of Apple’s current iPhone 5 but will likely have an upgraded internals such as a faster processor and camera improvements. It’s also speculated that the next iPhone could boast a biometric fingerprint reader built into its home button.
Source: Focus Taiwan