Apple’s key manufacturing partner is embarking on a hiring drive, reports claim, adding weight to suggestions that the so-called iPad Mini will be unveiled soon.
According to reports from Mic Gadget, China-based Foxconn is seeking temp workers ‘with good eyesight’ for its plant at Chengdu.
The site, which published snaps of a swarm of would-be staffers queueing up to be seen by the company's HR dept, claims that the additional labour is required to cope with the huge demand that the much-rumoured, little-seen iPad Mini is set to attract.
The report will add weight to speculation that Apple’s smaller take on its tablet, which swaps the original tablet’s 9.7-inch screen for a smaller seven-inch display of the non-retina variety, could be launched in time to capitalise on the Christmas market.
Purportedly priced between £249 and £299, the tablet is also reportedly thinner than the regular-sized iPad and its closest rival, the just launched Google Nexus 7.
Apple is expected to attempt to market the iPad Mini on its entertainment credentials, while targeting enterprise users with the top-end version.