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Foxconn hiring more workers, could signal start of Apple iPhone 5S production

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Foxconn hiring more workers, could signal start of Apple iPhone 5S production
A published report in China on Tuesday says that Foxconn's recruiters have started making "large-scale hires" at the plant in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. These new workers are gaining employment in order to start running the assembly lines needed to mass produce what is called the "Apple iPhone 6". The word from those familiar with Foxconn's plans is that the factory has already started churning out the next iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone.

At its peak in 2012, the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou had 300,000 factory workers, a number that has since dwindled down to 210,000. The assembly lines usually are revved up at this time of the year in order to accommodate the next version of the iPhone. While one source called the model the Apple iPhone 6, we expect the next model to be called the Apple iPhone 5S with an updated processor, an improved camera and a longer lasting battery.

In China, there is speculation that the plant in Zhengzhou is working on a version of the Apple iPhone with a borderless screen and an aluminum and carbon fiber shell that would make the phone 40% lighter. Since late last year, we have seen leaked pictures alleged to be of the Apple iPhone 5S to pictures of a rumored low-cost version of the Apple iPhone expected for emerging markets. This model would have 8GB of storage, a lower-spec'd camera and processor, and be offered in a variety of colors.

Leaked diagrams of the Apple iPhone 5S and the low-cost Apple iPhone

Leaked diagrams of the Apple iPhone 5S and the low-cost Apple iPhone


source: Yicai (translated) via AppleInsider

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posted on 09 Jul 2013, 21:41 8

1. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


next icrap is coming
brace youselves

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 21:46

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10916; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lets go Foxconn, get this puppy ready. Me, and the mrs want our 128 gig white AT&T's pronto. Ios7 should be pretty sweet. Lots of wedding pics with the new camera and filters.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 22:45 6

3. dangchitrung (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


... could signal another mass suicide caused by the production of Apple products

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 22:52

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10916; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhh haters be silent.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 01:44

11. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


and news of kids selling their kidneys following up months later

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:22

14. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Like iUsers care...

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 22:59

5. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Despite what the diagram shows, Apple will never release an "iPhone Light".

They exclusively make premium products and will never release a budget phone.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 23:11

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10916; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Never know

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:02

12. lallolu (Posts: 230; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Never say never. Once upon a time, Apple said that a tablet having less than 9.7 inches is too small (and apple's fans believe it to be true) but look where we are today.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 23:04 8

6. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


An iPhone release was exciting...2 years ago.

Their best days are over, and now they simply fail to impress.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 23:18

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 888; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


You're right. It was imagination that I was still getting around $1200 for unlocked iPhones a month after the release of the 5. Nobody at all was paying $1k+ for all those iPhones on Ebay until after X-Mas.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 23:39

9. Newton (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Now the leaks will come out much faster.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 23:53 1

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I'm a huge Windowsphone fan,, but I can't wait to see what the "iPhone5s" has to offer.. I hope it has something new, and innovative this time around.. We need some serious motivation for other manufacturers to stay on their toes.. And, I think it's time iPhone fans got something really cool, and different to go with their newly refreshed OS.. The more competition the better for everyone..
Does anyone know when we can expect for it to be unveiled❔

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:13

13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1405; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


hmm iphoneapocalypse

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