Apple’s assemblers prepare for iPhone 6 with huge hiring spree


Foxconn factory
Detroit and Wisconsin could be its first locations.
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Foxconn and Pegatron — the two leading manufacturers set to produce the iPhone 6 — have been on a massive hiring spree as of late.

According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Foxconn will recruit in excess of 100,000 new workers in mainland China to help assemble Apple’s much-anticipated next generation iPhone. It had previously been reported that the company was opening up new factory space to carry out the work.

Rival Taiwanese assembler Pegatron will also be upping the workforce in one of its factories by 30 percent in order to meet the demand the influx of new work will place on it.

Foxconn is reported to be handling 70 percent of the production duties on the iPhone 6, while Pegatron will handle the remaining 30 percent. Previous speculation had put Pegatron’s reported role in the assembly process down as far as 15 percent, and as large as 50 percent.

Mass production of the devices is set to commence next month, in time for a September launch.

While there’s been (unsurprisingly) no official confirmation from Apple, most people are expecting the iPhone 6 to come in two sizes: a 4.7-inch model and a larger, more expensive 5.5-inch “phablet” variant.

Source: Economic Daily News

Via: Reuters