Apple is predicting big things for its next-generation iPhone 6s — and for Apple’s manufacturers, big orders means hiring a big workforce to deal with it.
A new report today claims that Protek, a Pegatron subsidiary based in eastern China, is hiring 40,000 additional workers to cope with the iPhone 6s manufacturing it’s scheduled to start work on next month.
This recruiting period will reportedly continue until October, which is one month after the expected launch of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Although we haven’t yet heard an exact ratio for division of orders, Pegatron is thought to be one half of the main assemblers for the next-gen iPhone, alongside long-time Apple partner Foxconn. Other Apple third-party manufacturers including Zhen Ding, Flexium and Largan have also expanded their production facilities to deal with orders for the iPhone 6s.
Apple is expected to ship 50 million iPhone units in the fourth quarter of 2015, meaning that the handsets will again break records with combined shipments of 230-240 million units this year — up from the 192 million units it shipped in 2014.
The iPhone 6s is rumored to be the biggest incremental “s” release in iPhone history. Among other features, we’re expecting a RAM upgrade, improved camera sensors, faster processor, new rose-gold color option, possible sapphire display for the iPhone 6s Plus, strengthened shell, improved Touch ID and Force Touch.