Foxconn said to be hiring 100,000 workers to begin iPhone 6 production

With the expected release of the new iPhone 6 models this fall, hiring a capable workforce to meet the high demand from Apple is quite the task. According to a report published by DigiTimes, longtime partner Foxconn is said to be manufacturing both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch versions of the rumored addition to the iPhone lineup.

The manufacturer, based in China, is allegedly supplying 70% of shipments that Apple require for the smaller 4.7-inch model. The remaining 30% is set to be given to Pegatron, with the existing 4-inch iPhone production line being outsourced to manufacturer Wistron. 

According to Taiwanese Economic Daily, Foxconn is reportedly looking for an extra 100,000 workers to meet the high demand. Pegatron is rumored to be increasing their staff by 30% at a key plant in China. Hiring sprees are not uncommon when entering mass production for a new release, but for Foxconn, the figure represents a record number of new jobs.

The report proceeds to claim that Foxconn is expected to begin supplying the 4.7-inch model in July, with the larger 5.5-inch device beginning production in August. It is also said that the existing 4-inch, and yet to be confirmed 4.7-inch model, will be the main sales force of Apple for the rest of the year. This could perhaps indicate that the 5.5-inch iPhone will target a smaller area of the market.

It may be worth noting that neither Foxconn or Pegatron has confirmed that their hiring frenzies are related to the iPhone 6 launch, claiming their expansions were simply planned increases in personnel. 

Source: DigiTimes | Image via MacRumors

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If Apple sells 15M iPhone 6 in the first year, which is an optimistic figure, that accounts for 150 phones per employee in a year. This does not include the existing workforce.

The number seems exaggerated.

TheCyberKnight said,
If Apple sells 15M iPhone 6 in the first year, which is an optimistic figure, that accounts for 150 phones per employee in a year. This does not include the existing workforce.

The number seems exaggerated.

Hey now...who are you to bring numbers and logic to tone down the rhetoric in an Apple discussion?

neufuse said,
you know a company is too big when they are hiring people in the hundreds of thousands....

Not really. The hiring in china is reflective of the economics. The labor is so cheap that the cost of automation is more expensive than people. So they hire legions of people. In developed countries we use far less people, but a lot of automation.

FoxConn is artificially big, I guess, is my view.

LogicalApex said,

Not really. The hiring in china is reflective of the economics. The labor is so cheap that the cost of automation is more expensive than people. So they hire legions of people. In developed countries we use far less people, but a lot of automation.

FoxConn is artificially big, I guess, is my view.

I wasn't meaning big in terms of work force, but by the fact they produce so much stuff they have a need to hire that many people in one swoop... Their output is huge compared to most companies, heck it's hard to find something that they didn't have their hands on at some point...

You pay whatever the standard wage is there for an assembly line worker. Furthermore, the conditions at Foxconn are way better than other chinese plants.

A few dollars in china gets you more than it gets you here. So it's fair for that type of redundant labor work that doesn't require any engineering education or critical thinking.

They're probably hiring 100,000 more employees because of both the iPhone 6 coming and the number they're expecting to commit suicide after they have to work in such awful conditions for low wages. Way to go, Apple, and I'm sure you'll still rake in billions for your newest overpriced phone.

devHead said,
They're probably hiring 100,000 more employees because of both the iPhone 6 coming and the number they're expecting to commit suicide after they have to work in such awful conditions for low wages. Way to go, Apple, and I'm sure you'll still rake in billions for your newest overpriced phone.

Wow that's harsh man... lol

In other news... Foxconn establish more sweatshops for production of iphone 6.

nickcruz said,

Wow that's harsh man... lol

In other news... Foxconn establish more sweatshops for production of iphone 6.

Harsh, but real.

Dot Matrix said,

Harsh, but real.


Of course.... Apple devices are the only ones produced over there/s... Fanboys, no matter what they worship, are... fanboys.

devHead said,
They're probably hiring 100,000 more employees because of both the iPhone 6 coming and the number they're expecting to commit suicide after they have to work in such awful conditions for low wages. Way to go, Apple, and I'm sure you'll still rake in billions for your newest overpriced phone.

As if Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and others don't use Foxconn either...

Makes me feel that you really don't care about what happens with Foxconn and the Chinese so long as you get to berate the companies and products you don't like or use.

The least you could do is not pretend that you actually give a damn. I mean, it's not like you or anyone else here is actually avoiding any of the products Foxconn has had hands in.

Cosmocronos said,

Of course.... Apple devices are the only ones produced over there/s... Fanboys, no matter what they worship, are... fanboys.

No they're not, but likely the most overpriced.

Cosmocronos said,

Of course.... Apple devices are the only ones produced over there/s... Fanboys, no matter what they worship, are... fanboys.

True, but Apple has a much MUCH higher demand for their product and those employees working on Apple's line, seem to be worked harder.

Not like 100k employees will matter tho. Still will be a shortage on products, delays.....you know, the norm.

dead.cell said,

As if Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and others don't use Foxconn either...

Makes me feel that you really don't care about what happens with Foxconn and the Chinese so long as you get to berate the companies and products you don't like or use.

The least you could do is not pretend that you actually give a damn. I mean, it's not like you or anyone else here is actually avoiding any of the products Foxconn has had hands in.

Fair point; most likely I do have some electronic products made at the Chinese Foxconn plant. But the article is about Foxconn hiring 100,000 more employees and two big pictures of Apple's newest iPhone under the heading. So, I'm commenting about it from that perspective.

devHead said,
Fair point; most likely I do have some electronic products made at the Chinese Foxconn plant. But the article is about Foxconn hiring 100,000 more employees and two big pictures of Apple's newest iPhone under the heading. So, I'm commenting about it from that perspective.

It was likely going to happen anyway, whether it be Apple, Samsung, or some other company. Consumer demand for these disposable electronics at lower and lower prices has us in an ugly position. China is driving their people into the ground, and our people out on this side are becoming poorer and poorer, resulting in demand for cheaper devices.

Nowadays, we have all these junkware phones and tablets that can barely run Android as it is, selling for $50, if not even cheaper than that.

How do we compete realistically with these manufacturing companies, along with a country who has no issue bleeding their people dry?

These are some of the things I ask myself to be honest. Apple is just another company, doing what any other company is trying to do getting more for less, trying to meet demand and make those margins fly to appease their greedy gluttonous investors.

devHead said,
They're probably hiring 100,000 more employees because of both the iPhone 6 coming and the number they're expecting to commit suicide after they have to work in such awful conditions for low wages. Way to go, Apple, and I'm sure you'll still rake in billions for your newest overpriced phone.

I like your comment. VERY well said!

Majority of them are students coming from other small villages and towns. They live in that Foxconn city. If foxconn doesn't provide jobs for them, many will be unemployed and unable to provide for their families.

[quote=dead.cell said,]
No one ever said, Foxconn doesn't assemble products for other company's.

However, what we have heard is that those employees that commited suicide were all related to Apple in some form or fashion.

Show me a quote from a new article where an employee killed himself for producing Lumia's or any other product not related to Apple.

I do know this fact, many have attempted suicide or have done so due to catching cancer from working around chemicals that have been known to cause cancer an many have been cheated of monies they should have received.

Many of those chemical are banned in other countries like the USA. China doesn't give a care about their people. In fact, one video I watched said that, these companies could easily use unbanned chemical and it would only cost them $1 more in cost.

Here is something you need to consider, Foxconn has been making and assembling components for a long time before iPhone. However, suicides have climbed considerably since iPhone production started in 2007. And its funny how most of those happen at factories where the iPhone is assembled.

As far as I can see, the only other company that can rival Apple in terms of manufacturing electronics is Samsung, but they have more direct control over the manufacturing process. Hell, even Apple contracts out to Samsung for that matter.

51 million phones in a quarter, as opposed to what other big products Foxconn has their hands in? PS4s? Xbox Ones? WiiUs? They pale in comparison to what Apple will drop in a quarter alone...

I'm not out to defend Apple, as I've turned them down in favor for Samsung myself, but you've got to be kidding me if you want to mention Lumias to iPhones and wonder what the difference is.

That said, regardless of who's doing the contracting or manufacturing, we need to recognize that there are real problems with China and Foxconn. There have been protests and strikes in regards to demand for the iPhone 5 in the past, but more recently outside of that too.

http://www.labornotes.org/2013...-workers-fight-back-foxconn

The difference is that unless someone dies, you probably won't hear about it. Granted, the problem isn't exactly ours to bear. We have our own issues to worry about after all, but to sit and think that we're somehow any better off buying a game console rather than an iPhone because "only that part of the company is bad" is laughable at best.

Doesn't really matter though I suppose. We'll slam our fists in anger today and forget about it by lunch time. Such is life. :sleep2: