Foxconn hiring spree adds credence to early iPhone 7 production rumors


Without fail, every year Apple fans look forward to seeing what the company comes up with for its next iPhone, and rarely do we find ourselves disappointed. And while every year brings its own set of changes, it's sure looking like 2016's could be some of the most interesting in a while; we don't know if every rumored new feature will land, but with things like dual cameras in the running, there's a lot to be potentially excited about (even if bigger changes have to wait for later). Heck, we might even get a third iPhone variant, with a new “Pro” version joining the standard and Plus models. Doing all this may necessitate getting an early start on production, and a new report out of Taiwan sure makes it look like Apple's doing just that.

Yesterday we looked at a leak that attempted to verify that iPhone 7-series production was already getting started with Apple's manufacturing partners Pegatron and Foxconn.

While neither company has confirmed those reports, some new circumstantial evidence appears to support the idea of Foxconn getting its iPhone production going about one month earlier than the company normally does.

That evidence comes in the form of what looks to be a Foxconn hiring frenzy. The manufacturer is putting out advertisements for as many workers as it can get, advising interested applicants to keep calling over and over to contend with busy signals – so we're clearly dealing with high demand. Supposedly, Foxconn's doing this hiring now to make sure that everyone's trained sufficiently to build what could be one of the most complex iPhones yet.

And while we haven't heard about any of the particular circumstances over at Pegatron, that manufacturer is also reportedly in the middle of a hiring spree.

Admittedly, we're not seeing anyone outright say, “come work for us to build the iPhone 7.” But between the identities of the companies involved here, signs of some big waves of new hires, and existing leaks suggesting that iPhone 7 production is already getting started, it's not hard to read this all as support for the idea that Apple's getting ahead of the curve with production for what could be one of the most technologically impressive iPhone lineups to date.

source: CNBC via 9to5 Mac

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6 Comments

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

First we see kinda realistic mockups of the iPhone 7, 4 months before its release. Then Foxconn goes on a hiring spree 4 months before the usual time of the new iPhone. Are we on a track of iPhone 7 for June/July release?

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Possibly, but I doubt it. They still have to announce iOS 10 and go through the proper beta cycle prior to release. It possible though. What I'm scratching my head about is the so called "more complex" manufacturing process. From what we've seen so far, it doesn't add up. I dont care how many changes they make internally. I'm looking square at the iPhone pro or whatever it's called. That phone must be a lot more different than people are thinking. Maybe the other two will be the ones that are similar to the current phones. We will see!

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Possible, but more than likely, it'll be a September release. They could be preparing for high adoption rate, since millions opted to skip the 6S/Plus.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'm not sure why the article is so contradictory- every leak has been about a bland iPhone 7 with little to get excited about yet it's making out that it's a revolutionary new device coming...

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because every iPhone is "revolutionary".

6. Subie

Posts: 2380; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yet revolutionary is exactly what Tim Cook's saying you'll get. "We are going to give you things that you can’t live without that you just don’t know you need today" - Tim Cook on the iPhone 7. Until the new devices are released there's no reason to judge yet. http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/04/apple-tim-cook-iphone-7-upgrade-features/

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