300,000 Foxconn workers ensure that its churning out 500,000 iPhone 5s daily

300,000 Foxconn workers ensure that its churning out 500,000 iPhone 5s daily

Waiting times for the iPhone 5s have recently gone down from 2 to 3 weeks in some areas to just 3 to 5 days, as Apple's biggest manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has tasked some 300,000 employees with the sole purpose of churning out iPhone 5s units.

The report, coming from the Wall Street Journal, claims that Hon Hai, a.k.a Foxconn, now has 100 individual production lines dedicated to the effort, and has reached its maximum output capacity of 500,000 units, per day. That's right, half a million iPhone 5s... per day! The WSJ cites a Foxconn executive, claiming that each conveyor belt needs about 600 workers to handle all the assembly work that an iPhone 5s goes through – a figure that was significantly lower during the production of the iPhone 5:


Despite these downright mind-blowing capacities, we're told that Foxconn is actually wary of expanding their output. This is a result of Apple's bid to diversify its supply partners, which has caused speculation that smaller local rivals like Pegatron and Wistron could snatch away a share of the pile of cash that Foxconn makes by working with Apple, estimated at 40% of its total revenue.

Source: WSJ

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22 Comments

1. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Is it really selling at that rate?? I mean if 500000 are produced in a day, they must be selling 300000 a day.. I doubt that..

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Apple just wants to ship them to stores and carriers and announce the numbers as sales, hoping they will boost actual, real sales. Can't blame them for this tactic, they have enough resources to fill warehouses full of products and enough time to empty them eventually.

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You seem to be under the impression that the iPhone 5S is not selling well.

5. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I am under impression that if it sells 500000 a day, 1 Million in 2 days, Apple would have already sold 35 Million Iphone 5S till date and by end of this year it will cross 50 Million. This is not possible.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is, but not 5S phones, it is usually ALL iPhones combined they will sell 50 million (or are expected to) this quarter. They can reach that number, but this increase is just for the holiday period of crazy shopping. They want to make sure everything is in stock and no one has to wait. All in all, they might actually increase 5S sales this quarter compared to the 5 last year this quarter due to their amazing shaft the lower end iPhone tactic. What can you say, I mean it just works....the strong-arming tactics....not the OS.

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

This. It is the holiday shopping season and it's old news that iPhone sales from quarter to quarter have big variances, for many reasons. End of the year has been good for Apple.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You seem to really hate the 5S.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, I think apple knows what it's doing lol. Let the haters hate.

13. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Every techy smart users dislikes Apple! Apple is great for average joes.

14. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

yea,the so call "techy",who wish to believe they are

20. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

and let the iFollowers follow. and the iLovers love.. and the iFans be boys

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Heckuva lot of employees.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I'm curious as to how many of those 300,000 die on a daily basis gluing those things together? There must be an algorithm that can calculate that tragic info; it's probably something like d = i⁴ x 5S^(0.30P)°•°

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

There's only one algorithm that comes to mind after reading that comment: WTF. Seriously, who thinks like that? Trying to figure out how many people die because of production values is messed up.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Crazy thoughts huh?

18. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

That if you was that smart to understand PAPINYCs post. You are a new user to PA. So you wouldn't know who is what user...? We all know, aswell as Dark...

16. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

use that algorithm to figure out how many android has their system crashed every seconds around the world it probably like C=A x s4(0.8)^4

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Dude, i = the square root of -1

11. LindaC

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The other problem of working for foxconn is that you have top share your living quarter with 20 other people!

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

They don't have to work at Foxconn. There are other jobs in mainland China. The best part about working at Foxconn on Apple products is the third party audits on labor conditions.

17. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

MAN!!! I'd love to put some vending machines in that plant.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You'd be a millionaire within the year.

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