Production of 4.7in iPhone 6 set to begin this month, with 5.5in model to follow

As more and more leaks show up and rumors surface around the new iPhone, the Economic Daily recently reported that the 4.7 inch variant of the next-generation iPhone can enter production in the third week of July, with the larger 5.5 inch model following it with a production date of August. Although Taiwan's Economic Daily didn't cite any sources, the news came as Foxconn confirmed hiring of 100 thousand workers, adding credibility to the claim. It has been known that Apple's Mesa, AZ plant has been producing sapphire crystal for the displays of the new iPhone for quite some time as the company has been ramping up preparations for mass production.

It has been also reported that Pegatron Corp, another Taiwanese contract manufacturer, hired over 10,000 workers this month for the production of the smartphone. All recent news indicates that Apple and its partners are hard at work to ship the next generation of iPhones on time, though the higher end model is still facing some setbacks.

Foxconn recently bought robotic production tools to increase the speed of production for new devices, and the iPhone 6 will benefit from this -- although the 5.5 inch variant is said to be facing delays and may be available as late as 2015. The 4.7 inch iPhone is expected to ship this fall.

Foxconn didn't comment on the aforementioned production dates or the recruitment process.

Sources: Economic Daily via Reuters | image via Thomson Reuters

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"...Foxconn confirmed hiring of 100 thousand workers..."

Wow. They hired 100,000 workers for their factory just for the iPhone 6 rollout?

Dutchie64 said,
Steve must be generating it's own gravity field by now......

Yes! and its sucking in all the smartphone profit.

derekaw said,
This will be the biggest ever iPhone launch and the new bigger screen sizes are perfect timing.

Perfect timing? Only about 3-4 years behind Android and even WP8 devices.

tsupersonic said,

Perfect timing? Only about 3-4 years behind Android and even WP8 devices.

Perfect timing for Apple. Perfect timing for the Apple market. This will be the biggest year ever for iPhone. First? Last? Following or behind? Its the buzz, the sales numbers and the profits that matter.

I'm sure they'll do great, but they would have done better if they'd a bigger screen phone a year or two previously. They've lost a lot of customers over the last couple of years to Android devices as people have moved away from their iPhones to get a bigger screened phone from Samsung.

TheShark said,
I'm sure they'll do great, but they would have done better if they'd a bigger screen phone a year or two previously. They've lost a lot of customers over the last couple of years to Android devices as people have moved away from their iPhones to get a bigger screened phone from Samsung.

I expect some people to defect from android and even windows phone. Maybe not fanboys but those who like big - screened phones in general. I wonder how long the lines will be this time.

TheShark said,
They've lost a lot of customers over the last couple of years to Android devices as people have moved away from their iPhones to get a bigger screened phone from Samsung.

If it's not too long ago, they can claw a lot of people back. A year isn't really enough time for a customer to become embedded in a rival ecosystem.

Very unlikely, from what I read about 5.5 it will be delayed possibly to next year due to some display and sapphire problems.