Foxconn Hiring Record 100,000 New Employees for iPhone 6 Production as Pegatron Also Staffs Up

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's manufacturing partners are gearing up for the launch of new iOS devices later this year, with primary partner Foxconn bringing on 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6, reports Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] as picked up by Reuters.
    Supposed front panel and manufacturing mold for larger iPhone 6
    Pegatron is reportedly also involved in iPhone 6 production, with early reports on Pegatron's production share ranging from 15% to 50%, but today's report and other recent ones have put Pegatron's share at closer to 30%. According to today's report, Pegatron is boosting its workforce by 30% to support production of the next iPhone. The company made a similar hiring surge last year in support of its role as the primary assembler for the iPhone 5c.

    The timing of these hiring surges is about right for the rumored iPhone 6 schedule, with production reportedly set to ramp up next month ahead of a launch around the usual September timeframe. Most of the iPhone 6 attention has focused on a rumored 4.7-inch model that is expected to represent the bulk of sale, but Apple is said to also be working on an even larger 5.5-inch model that may launch alongside or in the months following the debut of the 4.7-inch model.

    Article Link: Foxconn Hiring Record 100,000 New Employees for iPhone 6 Production as Pegatron Also Staffs Up
  2. sethlution macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2011
    I flinch a little every time I see that huge bezel at the top. I mean sure the bottom part is necessary to accommodate touch ID, but why keep that huge area at the top? just for symmetry? :confused:
  3. osaga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Even the employees are like WTF's up with these bezels?
  4. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
  5. thaifood macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    That is a staggering number of people they can mobilise and bring in for mass production. Wow
  6. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    And 100-1 those are some guy's nails. For some reason, all men who take pictures with Apple products have very long nails. Don't know why.
  7. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    For symmetry. You can hold your iPhone left or right and the screen will always be in the exact same area relative to your thumbs.
  8. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Yes, I can't wait for even more leaked parts! :eek:
  9. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Why would they have to hire a 100,000 new workers? Wouldn't the existing workers on the iPhone 5 and 5s lines be sufficient to cover production moving to iPhone 6? Or is Apple counting on a mega explosion of sales in a somewhat saturated market (in the West)?
  10. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
  11. jwbrobst macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2014
    That's actually a really good point not at all referencing the aesthetics for such a controversial design choice. Good work.
  12. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    maybe to help with the iWatch production also.
  13. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Well, they've had record-breaking quarters year after year.
  14. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    100,000 more employees sounds excessive, even for China standards. It's funny, we are all worried that robots will someday take all of our jobs. In China, it's actually cheaper to use human labor to do such things as put the final pieces of the phone together/packaging/etc. The cost of keeping that many robots online is much more than paying these poor saps a very minimum wage. To keep this post apolitical, I'll stop here.
  15. Xeperu macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2010
    I remmende this forum going bonkers ober the fact that a competing brand was bringing out larger screen size phones and that they would NEVER want a large iPhone, because glorious Steve said 4" was big enough. And they rest of the world was stupid, and that they never wanted a bigger iPhone because it was stupid and Steve said so.

    And here we have. And I bet a larger screen size will be seen as innovative :p.
  16. Thisclassyman macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2013
    great, 100,000 more people that'll leak parts
  17. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    I've heard this before... for every iPhone launch in recent history.

    Has it ever been verified though? Do they actually hire all these extra people?
  18. hamakiman macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2009
    Nice Employment Boost

    Ahhhh an American company responsible for employing a 100,000 Chinese makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
  19. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Lol at that. I would be more than happy to pay slightly more for an American made iPhone.

    Parts are looking great and I say keep em coming. As far as the top bezel... sure it would be great if they shrunk it but the earpiece, flash, and other sensors need to be placed some where.
  20. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Just as innovative as your comment, which was posted in every single thread related to the iPhone 5 two years ago, and now all over again with the iPhone 6.

    Oh, and if you're going to play fanboy cop, at least get it right- Steve thought 3.5" was the perfect size.
  21. icolove macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2012
    Well, like most everything Apple, people are just waiting to be told what to like. ;)
  22. iChrist macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    Damn, that huge ugly bezel. Same for 8 years. This is Forstall-like in the lack of innovation.

  23. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    I would too but I think that the iPhone would be a lot more not just slightly more if it was made here.


    are you really saying that bezel size is innovation?

    even if there wasn't a single bezel on the entire phone i don't think it would be classified as an innovative feature.
  24. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Wow. Suddenly hiring 100,000 people - SKILLED and RELIABLE people, suddenly, to build one thing, is impressive to say the least. I can't even imagine how that could ever happen in the US. I can't even imagine 10,000 in the US. I can't even begin to speculate how different things are over there for the conditions to allow such a thing. Maybe people who have been there can understand. I cannot understand.
  25. Teste macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    There was a recent market study showing that the great majority of the iPhone owners suffer something the study called, more or less, "hidden size envy" - the feeling that what they have is too small and the lack of courage to admit it. The study thinks a bigger iPhone would sell incredibly well to that crowd.

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