According to a new report, Foxconn—Apple’s go-to manufacturing partner for many of its iOS devices—has begun hiring workers to help it produce the next-generation iPhone. A recruiting firm that works with the company has reportedly started large-scale recruitment.

The boost in hiring makes sense, as recent reports suggest that Apple has begun ramping up production of its next-gen handset ahead of what is expected to be a fall launch. We saw a similar bolster in Foxconn’s workforce ahead of the iPhone 5’s launch last summer…

CNET points to the report in China Business News:

“Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics by revenue, has restarted hiring assembly line workers in the  Chinese mainland to produce Apple’s next-generation gadget iPhone 6, the China Business News (CBN) reported Tuesday, citing company insiders.”

Though the report refers to the product as the ‘iPhone 6,’ it doesn’t appear to be more than guesswork, as there is no indication of a model number of the handset. Besides, as aforementioned, the timing matches up perfectly with Apple’s forecasted iPhone 5S production.

Foxconn has been a major producer of the iPhone and iPad for the past few years, but word is that it’s been losing some orders recently to its Taiwanese competitor Pegatron Corp. Many believe the move has something to do with Foxconn’s iPhone 5 production issues.

We don’t know much about this year’s iPhone release, but many believe that it will be an ‘S’ model upgrade to its predecessor. Its features are rumored to include a faster processor, a dual LED flash, a better camera with slow-motion capabilities and a fingerprint sensor.

Apple is expected to unveil the handset, alongside multiple refreshed iPads and other products, sometime in the next three months.

  • Jacob Stark

    If the iPhone 3gs s stands for speed and the iPhone 4s s strands for Siri.
    What can the iPhone 5s s stand for?

    • batongxue

      Slow motion video. XD

      • Sachin

        Or Super Fast Videos at 120 FPS?

    • Tempest


  • Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Excellent! Waiting very very patiently to upgrade to the iPhone 5S from my iPhone 4. I’m hoping for the Fingerprint Sensor feature

  • Steve Jobs

    I wonder how they advertise the open positions.

    Looking for work? We want you!

    -Live where you work! (no commute)
    -Small food rations to keep you fit!
    -UV friendly with no windows to outside light!

  • @dongiuj

    Well, looks like some school kids will be getting a little pocket money soon then.

    • logo brandy

      Very little… And some of them probably don’t go to school,or have pockets.

  • leart za jmi

    there are rumors that say that it will be with carbon fiber body 😉

  • Gorgonphone

    eh boring