Apple gets one step closer to iPhones made in India


Designed in California, made in India. Maybe.
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Apple has “sought incentives” to set up a manufacturing facility in India, according to a new report.

Apple reportedly made its case to the country’s Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY).

Sharp exec confirms next iPhone will have OLED display


Samsung is already using OLED in its phones.
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The next iPhone will get upgraded to an amazing OLED display, according to a Sharp executive who confirmed the long-standing rumor while speaking at Tatung University.

Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu, who is also an executive at Foxconn, told students that if Apple doesn’t switch to OLED iPhone, there won’t be any innovation.

Next year’s iPhone may come in 3 sizes


iPhone 7 black
This could be the last iPhone made of metal.
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Apple’s next iPhone will feature an all-glass back, according to the latest rumor out of Asia that also claims the 2017 iPhone will come in three different sizes, with one that’s in between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple supplier now employs 40,000 robots to do its bidding


It'll still be a while before Foxconn's factories are totally automated, however.
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Apple supplier Foxconn has installed a massive 40,000 robots for handling manufacturing jobs at a number of its factories in China, claims a new report.

The industrial robots — named “Foxbots” — are currently being rolled out at factories in Zhengzhou, Kunshan, Jiashanm and a “tablet plant” in Chengdu, where Apple is known to produce iPads. Foxconn’s future robot production is expected to hit around 10,000 units per year.

iPhone 7 is already in transit from China


Apple's shipping so many iPhone 6 devices that it's having an impact on rival manufacturers.
The iPhone 7 is already on its way, although you'll need to wait a bit longer to get it.
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Based on Apple’s usual ways of doing things, the iPhone 7 won’t be in the hands of customers until Friday, September 16, but that doesn’t mean they’re not yet in transit.

In fact, a new report claims that as of Monday this week a total of 371,000 units of next generation iPhones have already been shipped by Foxconn through customs in Henan province, China. These handsets are reportedly on their way to the U.S., UK, Netherlands and Italy.

Foxconn goes all out to recruit more iPhone 7 assemblers


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The iPhone 7 could be a bigger hit than anticipated.
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Demand for the iPhone 7 is expected to be higher than many people expected, and Apple suppliers are taking on more employees to accommodate.

According to a new report, Foxconn is so desperate to employ new people to work on its production line that’s it been offering bonuses of more than $200 to any employees who can recommend other workers qualified for the job.