Foxconn confirms it’s starting to deploy robots to help assemble iPhones

By , Jul 7, 2014

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Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., also known in the Western world as Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, will soon start deploying sophisticated robots to help assemble iPhones, CEO and Chairman Terry Gou announced during a shareholder meeting Monday.

Foxconn assembles a range of consumer electronics products for other companies, including iPhones and iPads. The plan to replace factory workers with robots was first announced two years ago, but hit roadblocks due to high cost of robot deployment…

GSDome passes along a report by IT Home [Google Translate] claiming Gou told shareholders that robot testing has entered the final phase, with first units set to soon replace human employees who assemble Apple’s iPhones.

Foxbots, as the officials call them, cost around $20,000 to $25,000 per unit and each will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices. The first wave of deployment includes 10,000 robots, a $250 million investment.

iRobot Apple

It’s interesting that Foxconn is building these robots itself. Since 2012, the company has been able to churn out 30,000 robots per year. Foxconn and rival Pegatron last month ramped up hiring ahead of the iPhone 6, with the former having hired an extra 100,000 workers to meet production demand.

Apple will have priority to use the robots. Curiously enough, Foxconn’s CEO earlier in the year met with Google’s Andy Rubin to discuss speeding up robot deployment by using Google’s upcoming robotic operating system for manufacturers, as part of Google’s vision for robotics.

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  • Creepa07

    They are taking over!!!!

    • Mozaik

      Its future , robots will do all labour and humans will do all mind work(maybe not thanks to A.I.).

      • Micaiah Martin

        And then a stupid economist will tell you that the robots are “taking” jobs and that will kill out some of the innovation and inventing of more advance tech…..it’s the good ol’ tractor fallacy.

      • Mozaik

        But who build robots ;)

      • nazcorp

        Robots. ;)

  • Lagax

    What do you mean by ‘each will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices’? Will they be out of buissness After that? Of yes, why?

    • Hyr3m

      Typical Zibreg writing there :D

      I thought they already referred to Foxconn employees as robots…

      I guess they’ll get less product leaks this way ^^

  • jack

    They already use robots… In all major companies there are robots.. They just dont look like humans

  • unkown man

    so a robot will do designers work

  • Sachin

    Aren’t iPhones already made with robots? :/ or any other phone.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Assembled by robots ( assembling only includes the final assembling not assembling the parts ).. not their parts are assembled by robots…;)
      Now they will be able to assemble the whole iPhone.

      • Sachin

        Okay. I feel sorry for labour who will have to leave.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        yes me too.. But this was going to happen one day or another.. Demands are increasing and technology is advancing.. robots will be able to make more precise and well finished products but human labour will decrease drastically.
        I’m waiting for the day when robots will write the code for our apps. :D LOL!

  • peterbreis

    An average of 30,000 devices and then they self destruct?

    An average of 30,000 devices per second/day/year?

    An average of 30,000 different devices?

    An average of 30,000 articles that don’t communicate the basic facts?

    I smell Made Up Facts (MUF) when the number is exactly the same as the supposed number of robots Foxconn is churning out per year.

  • ♋JULY 17♋

    a easy way to save money smh

  • Stefano

    Oh man..

  • sosarozay300

    in the future, iphones will be built by robots running android lol