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07-30-2013, 03:59 AM #1
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 via AppleInsider
07-30-2013, 04:24 AM #2Supply and demand
This goes to show that the iPhone is really selling like pancakes to fill the larger orders a huge amount of workers are needed.
07-30-2013, 08:27 AM #3
That's quite the addition to the work force. Would be nice to have jobs like that right here in the U.S.
07-30-2013, 08:47 AM #4
Yea would be nice to have jobs like that in the US but apple would not be able to pay workers in the US, totally different pay scheme, apple would prob have to pay a worker in the US 12 times or more what the workers are getting in china, wouldnt make sense for them to do that.
07-30-2013, 09:20 AM #5
07-30-2013, 09:25 AM #6
Either this is for some other product, or the next iPhone will be a lot later than we though. They would be hard-pressed to hire, train and output millions of units inside of 2-3 months.
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07-30-2013, 11:26 AM #9
Nobody talks about the people being laid off when the production slows down.
Think of this 90,000 as temporary workers than actual employees.
Saves a lot of money, no benefits like regular employee and working just as hard.
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07-30-2013, 11:36 AM #10
07-30-2013, 12:12 PM #11
I guess you're one of those "let's get America back to it's glory days" types, right? Why don't you check historical tax rate tables and get back to me on those glory days and how tax rates influenced them.
07-30-2013, 12:46 PM #12
I understand in a big business that going off shore cuts labor down by a lot almost 70% and there are tax breaks for going over there. But a lot of US workers are being laid off and fired. There's no glory days. Quit being a little *****. A lot of those workers have kids. Need to pay bills.
07-30-2013, 04:26 PM #13
If iphones are assembled in the united states they will cost in excess of 600 USD per unit plus a 2 year contract.Some of us would not be able to afford it, plus all those other smartphones selling for so much less? Wonder what would happen to iphone sales?🙈