Apple’s key manufacturing partner Foxconn is embarking on a huge hiring drive to cope with demand for the iPhone 5, it has been claimed.
Micgadget reports that the Chinese company is looking to take on an additional 20,000 workers at its plant in Taiyuan.
Citing local news sources, the site claims the staff are needed because Foxconn has already received orders for the next-gen iPhone – purportedly set to be the significantly upgraded smartie many had been expecting with the iPhone 4S.
According to MicGadget, Foxconn will be responsible for making 85 per cent of iPhone 5 handsets, with the Taiyuan outpost handling the lion’s share.
If the latest rumours are to be believed, the iPhone 5 will launch during the autumn, possibly in October which would herald a return to annual product refreshes for Apple’s smartphone.
The company broke with form last time around with the iPhone 4S when it left a whopping 18-month interval between handsets.
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