Apple’s next iPhone will enter mass production imminently, sources with direct knowledge of the tech titan’s plans have revealed.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturer of iProducts, is recruiting some 10,000 new assembly line workers per week at its major production facility in Zhengzhou, China.
Foxconn said it is growing its workforce to "meet seasonal demand" from customers, but declined to elaborate further. Fortunately, an unnamed executive at the company has told WSJ that the hiring drive is preparation for the seventh-generation iPhone.
"We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon," said the Zhengzhou-based insider.
Apple is rumoured to be working on two new iPhones: a sequel to the iPhone 5, and a lower-priced model – unofficially known as the iPhone mini – to stave off the challenge of mid-range and entry-level Android smartphones that have really put a dent in iPhone sales in the last year.
A previous WSJ report revealed that manufacturing of the next high-end iPhone model will begin in the second quarter, while the cheaper iPhone will enter production sometime in the second half of the year.
Details are still thin on the ground but if industry gossip can be trusted, the iPhone 6 will feature the same four-inch screen as the iPhone 5, but will come with a faster A7 processor and possibly a 12-megapixel camera.
The iPhone mini, on the other hand, is expected to recycle parts from older iPhones, but may also boast a four-inch display.
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The Wall Street Journal