The tail end of the year is always a busy time for Foxconn as it gears up to produce the latest iPhone for Apple, its biggest client. This year looks to be no exception as reports out of China claim that the company has begun hiring an additional 100,000 production line workers aged 23-40 for its Zhengzhou factory, to assemble the iPhone 6.
This follows earlier similarly large recruitment drives in June for its plants in Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Guiyang.
These recruitment drives add credence to reports that Apple will begin production of the iPhone 6 this week. According to 9to5Mac, production will begin on the 4.7 inch model during the third week of July (AKA this week), while the 5.5 inch model will start being produced in the second week of August.
However the larger model may launch a lot later, possibly even next year, due to supply constraints, according to reports.
If more evidence were needed that the iPhone 6 is about to enter production then consider the fact that Apple has been preparing sapphire crystal at one of its own plants for several months now. There’s no confirmation that we’ll see a sapphire crystal screen on the iPhone 6, but it’s looking increasingly likely.
Foxconn has already manufactured 42.9 million smartphones in its Zhengzhou plant this year alone, accounting for a total revenue of $13.6 billion, which is a 6.6% increase on last year.
That growth is likely to continue with the iPhone 6 as WantChinaTimes reports that Jiao Jinmiao, director of Henan Government’s Business Chamber, claimed that Foxconn plans to produce the iPhone 6 at a rate of at least 120 million handsets per year.
That’s an incredible number but somehow we suspect there’ll still be shortages of Apple’s handset when it goes on sale later this year.
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