Earlier in the month, Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to start production of the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S this quarter, indicating that it may be gearing up for a possible summer launch.
As a follow up to that report, WSJ now claims that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner in China, is going on a hiring spree after the post-holiday freeze to ramp up production for Apple’s new iPhone.
The Taiwanese company said Monday it has added about 10,000 assembly-line workers a week in Zhengzhou, its major production facility for iPhones, since the last week of March.
A Foxconn spokesman declined to elaborate regarding production plans, only saying that the company will continue to expand its workforce in Zhengzhou to meet seasonal demand from clients. But Foxconn executives familiar with the situation said the company has stepped up hiring in Zhengzhou because it is preparing for production of the next iPhone.
“We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon,” said a Zhengzhou-based Foxconn executive who has direct knowledge of production plans.
However, recent analysts reports claim that the launch of the next iPhone may be delayed as Apple is facing technical challenges with fingerprint sensor for iPhone 5S. The report claimed that Apple was finding it difficult to find the right color coating to prevent interference with the sensor.