As Apple’s recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to face strong demand from fans around the world, the Cupertino firm has reacted by pushing its favorite contract manufacturer, Foxconn, to hire more workers to help assemble the handsets, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday.

A large-scale aggressive hiring for Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou is currently underway, with sources noting that working on assembly lines is no longer as attractive as before for workers in China.

In turn, Foxconn is having issues recruiting sufficient numbers of workers so the firm’s been hosting “hiring events recently to maintain its manpower”.

The latest hiring effort is in addition to the 100,000 new employees Foxconn recruited in June ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. Rival Pegatron is thought to be responsible for some iPhone 6 assembly work, too.

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In the past year or so, Foxconn has been deploying pricey robots to help assemble iPhones, each costing between $20,000 and $25,000 to build. However, Chairman and CEO Terry Gou is reportedly displeased with the initiative because the current-generation of sophisticated machines disappoint in terms of proficiency and flexibility.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debuted in the United States and a few key markets around the world on September 19, arriving a week later to more than twenty additional markets.

Apple reported ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales during the opening weekend. The company plans to bing the handsets to a total of 115 countries by the end of 2014.

Yesterday morning, Apple confirmed the the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are scheduled to launch in the 1.33 billion people market of China on Friday, October 17, after clearing regulatory hurdles.

The Online Apple Store in the United States currently cites a 7-10 day shipping estimate for new iPhone 6 orders and a 3-4 week delay for iPhone 6 Plus orders.


  • Adam

    Hey, I don’t mind if they take a week or two more. Just don’t make defective iPhones because of the demand!

  • @dongiuj

    Apple, wait! People, wait! You’re not helping with the way these companies use child labour or the terrible working conditions these people have. JUST WAIT!

    • I know right? Especially since Apple always brags how “moral” they are. Pushing like this will end in Foxconn employing more underpaid people, mostly children.

      • Duh-Modo

        Several other companies are client of FOXCONN too

      • @dongiuj

        Which company is foxconn’s biggest client?

      • Haha, I like how die-hard fans respond with “other’s are doing wrong too, so it’s ok for Apple to do wrong”…

        It’s just insane when the defense of Apple reaches a fanatical level where die-hard fans use the faults of other companies as a bizarre sort of nullification of Apple’s faults…

  • Dan

    Maybe if they paid them a bit more instead of stuffing their pockets.

    • Rowan09

      It’s China not America. People in America aren’t getting paid properly, so if you put it in perspective it’s not that big of a difference.

  • Hyr3m

    Gotta love some details on these pics :

    – Apple is ashamed of it’s iPhone 6 (and 6+) form factor : the protruding camera lens has been edited out of almost all side-shots (and other thickness comparison shots)

    – That lady looks so happy !

    • Vince Reedy

      I noticed that. That protruding camera is the worst thing about the 6.

  • Alberto Espinal

    And people thought bendgate was going to slow them down, yea right!! Keep posting, it makes them stronger!!

  • Vince Reedy

    That girl needs to quit loafing and build my 6+

  • Anthony Lara

    ” we no longer employ 8 year olds and moved unto 12 year olds also we no longer force feed our workers we provide them with a menu of three healthy choices such as rat feces and boiled rottweiler lips”. – Foxconn