Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner ramps up workforce for iPhone 13

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This concept image shows how the iPhone 13 notch might shrink.
Foxconn needs a whole lot of people to build the iPhone 13.
Artists concept: Cult of Mac

Foxconn is bolstering its workforce ahead of mass-manufacturing the iPhone 13. According to South China Morning Post, the world’s largest contract manufacturer has raised its bonus payments to lure in new recruits.

Each new recruit will earn a bonus of $1,158 (7,500 yuan) if they work for 90 days, and are on duty for at least 55 days during that time. This is twice the 3,500 bonus that was on offer at the end of March. It’s the third bonus increase in the past month.

The SCMP report notes that:

“The increased bonus pay for new recruits in Foxconn’s vast Zhengzhou facility, which has as many as 250,000 workers, is seen as an indicator of how the company is ramping up production for iPhones ahead of the usual launch of Apple’s flagship device in the second half of the year.”

Foxconn typically ramps up bonus pay for new signees as the year goes by. This generally increases leading up to the busiest iPhone production period. Last year, the bonus provision hit 9,000 yuan in August and September, prior to the launch of the iPhone 12 series.

Foxconn employs around 1.2 million people, making it a giant in the world of contract manufacturing.

Coming soon to the iPhone 13

As with the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 is expected to come in four different variants. That means two regular and two Pro models. It will supposedly boast an A15 chip, ProMotion technology, 1TB storage option, feature LiDAR on all models, offer matte black color option, and boast a smaller notch. Apple will likely introduce the iPhone 13 in September. (That is, unless the current chip shortage forces it to push back release.)

What are you hoping for from this year’s iPhone refresh? What would you like to see Apple improve on from last year’s iPhones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: South China Morning Post