Originally intended to be released in 2018, the Qi wireless charger could be coming soon because Apple’s suppliers have purportedly begun mass production of the device, with one company said to start churning out first units later this month.
The New York Times takes a fascinating look at Apple’s domestic ill-fated factories that it was running back in the 1980s, and why they failed and prompted the company to outsource most of the manufacturing jobs to China.
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While iPhone 6s Plus may seem outdated by today’s standards, it accounted for an estimated one-third of Apple’s smartphone sales in India last year.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.