Monday, June 23, 2014, 02:17 am PT (05:17 am ET)
Rumor: Foxconn to hire 100K workers for July 'iPhone 6' production, Pegatron gets 30% of ordersA report on Monday claims Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn will supposedly hire some 100,000 people in a ramp up toward July production of the next-generation iPhone, while secondary supplier Pegatron is also preparing to increase recruitment efforts after netting a 30 percent share of orders.
Alleged 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups. | Source: TechSmartt via YouTube
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'iPhone 6' rumors
- Larger screen, thinner design
- Two new sizes: 4.7" & 5.5"
- Faster next-gen 'A8' CPU
- Fall 2014 launch
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Together with Pegatron's recruitment efforts, manufacturing of Apple's iPhone 6 is set to drive the largest job creation boom mainland China has seen in recent memory, the people said.
In addition to the mass recruitment campaign, sources claim Foxconn is planning to make massive expansions to two production lines in an effort to meet anticipated high demand for the upcoming handset line. Foxconn is thought to be responsible for the bulk of Apple's iPhone 6 orders, with some reports saying the company will handle all assembly of a much-rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" version.
As for Pegatron, today's report claims the supplier will handle some 30 percent of orders, a figure consistent with recent rumors. It is unknown if the share is representative of a specific iPhone 6 version or the lineup as a whole.
Industry watchers expect Apple to release two iPhone models this year with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. A number of supposed iPhone 6 mockups have been making the rounds, purportedly showing near final designs of the handset duo.
Rumblings that Pegatron would gain a foothold in Apple's premium handset assembly business have been circulating for months, though the exact share of orders meted out to the firm has yet to be established. For example, a report in May said the manufacturer would take around 15 percent of orders for the iPhone 6.
Both Foxconn and Pegatron are to begin production of the next-gen iPhone in July ahead of a third-quarter release, sources said.
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