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11-28-2013, 12:44 AM #1
Foxconn Adds More Workers to its Assembly Lines as Supplies of the iPhone 5S Improve
A recently published survey stated that the iPhone 5S is approaching 90% availability in Apple’s US retail stores with supply beginning to match consumer demand of the device. Now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the shortened wait times for the iPhone 5S is due in part to supplier Foxconn and its high production with the company adding more workers to its assembly lines in China as its overall production capacity grows. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:
The Taiwan-based contract manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, has operated 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, according to executives at Hon Hai. The company has about 300,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site, dedicated to just making the iPhone 5S and key components such as metal casings.
To get a glimpse of just how complicated it is to manufacture the iPhone 5S, Hon Hai executives said the company has about 600 workers on each iPhone 5S production line to handle assembly work.
“We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever,” said the executive who declined to be named.
For those of you who didn’t know, supplies of the iPhone 5S remained somewhat constrained following its launch, with the bulk of the stock tending to go to Apple’s own retail stores. However, although supplies continued to be scarce during September and October, they have appeared to generally improve throughout November, with several colors and capacities of the iPhone 5S being made available for immediate pick up in Apple Stores in the US.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
12-02-2013, 08:04 AM #2
Too late now. Have waited too long. I have just switched to Samsung Note 3. Will only consider the next iPhone release iPhone 6. It has to be something....real diff. Else will give it a miss.