Reuters relays a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News which claims that Apple’s largest manufacturing partner Foxconn plans to begin mass production of the highly anticipated next generation iPhone soon.
The report claims that Foxconn will begin mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 this month, and the production of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will begin during the second week of August.
In June, Foxconn began a hiring spree that consisted of bringing on an estimated 100,000 new employees to build the next iPhone (or iPhones). Terry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn’s parent company, has also revealed in a shareholder’s meeting that 10,000 robots were being added to the iPhone 6 assembly line to help with constructing the new devices.
Apple is widely expected to release two variants of the iPhone 6 this year, one with a 4.7-inch display and the second one with a 5.5-inch display. Recent reports indicate the new iPhones could be launched on September 19 or September 25.
iPhone 6 is also expected to include Apple’s new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved 8-megapixel camera. In addition to the obvious difference in display sizes, analysts expect the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to also come with optical image stabilization as one more differentiating feature between the two models. Recent reports also indicate that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available in only 32GB and 64GB storage options, and the 128GB storage option will be exclusively available only with the larger 5.5-inch model. Apple is reportedly planning to increase iPhone 6 prices by $100, which is most likely for the 5.5-inch model.