Foxconn outsources iPhone 6 production... to robots!

Foxconn outsources iPhone 6 production... to robots!
Although Apple's main Chinese manufacturing partner, Foxconn, hired 100 000 or more new recruits to assemble the iPhone 6, the near future will see an army of 10 000 "Foxbots" joining the effort. Foxconn's assembly robots cost $20k to $25k each, and every unit is capable of completing an average of 30 000 devices per year. Thus, we're talking about a workforce of uncompensated, emotionless employees that makes 300 million products 24/7/365, which sounds like an utopia for every executive. Then again, the danger of a robotic riot shouldn't be underestimated. Hopefully, Foxconn has prepared enough laser cannons and EMP grenades.

Allegedly, the robots will be thrown straight in the wolf's mouth - the Apple production lines. As Macs, iPhones and iPads consistently strive for upping the ante in design and engineering, their assembly procedures become increasingly complicated each year, which puts a lot of strain on workers. If robots can be trained to perform the same precise movements, their presence could provide considerable relief, at the expense of diminishing human workplaces. However, the end products must to stand up to Apple's notably strict quality standards. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Foxconn's robotization efforts go far as back as 2011. Back then, the company said it had 10 000 units in operation, and planned to amass a force of one million by 2014. Judging by the high number of recent human hires, either something went awry along the way, or Foxconn embarked on extensive, prolonged testing. Or both.

via AppleInsider

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10 Comments

1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

good... less under aged slaves will be there...

2. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Then people start to blame foxconn and apple for firing workers and replace them with robots. China will rejoice this.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

As an American worker what's the difference? We've already lost our job opportunities to the Chinese years ago. I can't worry about the Chinese losing out to robots.

8. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

True dat! edit: Merica'

4. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Big deal!!! Robots been welding and painting our automobiles for DECADES!

5. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They took er jerrrbs!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

South Park lol.

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I can't tell if he is quoting that in a hilly billy way like on the show, or taking it to the next level and saying "jerrrbs" in an Asian accent?

6. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am awaiting the day when robots can completely make a high end, complicated mechanical watch...

10. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

HTC and Motorola would do well with robots. It should decrease the amount of faulty units, decrease returns and thus, increase profits (for the already rich leaders).

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