Apple’s favorite manufacturer Foxconn has begun offering staff retention bonuses as it ramps up seasonal hiring for mass-production of a second-generation iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and a new 6.1-inch LCD model.
As consumers balk at the high price tag of iPhone X, Apple has reportedly adjusted its sales projections and now expects to move more iPhone models in its coming fall lineup that will come outfitted with cheaper LCD screens than the models equipped with pricier OLED screens.
While iPhone 6s Plus may seem outdated by today’s standards, it accounted for an estimated one-third of Apple’s smartphone sales in India last year. The company could reduce production cost of iPhone 6s Plus by five to seven percent with local manufacturing.
All three iPhone models for 2018 will reportedly include 3D sensing for augmented reality and Face ID facial recognition. In order to avoid a repeat of last year’s mishap caused by the initial low yield rates on 3D sensor modules for iPhone X, Apple is said to be getting started on manufacturing earlier this year.
Apple will likely outsource production of its new micro-LED display technology to avoid manufacturing snafus and because its secret California facility is reportedly too small for mass-production. The company wants to keep this promising proprietary technology away from its partners as long as possible, the story goes.