Apple’s main manufacturing partner is embarking on a massive hiring drive, reports suggest, ahead of the anticipated arrival of fresh iProduct in a matter of weeks.
According to Focus Taiwan, Foxconn is looking to swell its workforce by 90,000 to cope with demand for the next iPhone and, quite possibly, a low-cost stablemate, which it now seems we must call the iPhone 5C.
Foxconn's employment drive apparently confirms rumours that Apple will once again debut a new smartphone in September.
More intriguingly, though, the sheer weight of numbers that the company is taking on also adds further credence to suggestions that we’re most likely in for two phones this year.
Speculation suggests that the refreshed version of the standard iPhone will once again adhere fairly fast to the design of the current-gen model.
Updates are instead largely restricted to its internals (think: beefier processor, higher-res screen) and the use of a biometric fingerprint scanners for boosted security.
Conversely, the iPhone 5C will feature a more radical plastic frame in place of Apple’s hallmark premium materials and will recycle parts from earlier models to keep costs down.