The iPhone 6 is slated to begin production later this month, according to the Reuters news agency.
Reuters, citing local media reports, said the next generation iPhone 6 would begin production of its 4.7 inch device later this month, while the widely discussed larger 5.5 inch display iPhone 6 could begin production in August.
“Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc’s next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday.
“Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. Production of a 5.5-inch version will begin during the second week of August, it said.”
The news agency said iPhone 6 production is likely to lead Hon Hai to hire as many as 100,000 additional workers at its mainland China facilities.
Another Apple supplier is also expecting a hiring surge in anticipation of iPhone 6 production, according to the website MacRumors.
“Foxconn is also set to hire around 100,000 additional workers to help meet future demand for the device, according to a Chinese state-run news agency. Fellow Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is also ramping up hiring, recruiting over 10,000 for its own facilities to help manufacture the iPhone. Additionally, it was reported last week that Foxconn was planning on deploying 10,000 robots to help employees with less intensive tasks like tightening screws.”
MacRumors went on to say the latest iPhones could be available sale and making their way into market circulation as soon as September in spite of production issues.
“Apple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 6 in early September, with a release coming a couple weeks later in late September. While it’s unclear whether both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will launch at the same time, the one-month delay in mass production could mean that the 5.5-inch is either available in lower quantities at first or will be announced at the same time as the 4.7-inch model and launch shortly after. Previously, it’s been rumored the 5.5-inch model had been experiencing production issues.”
The the latest news on iPhone 6 production comes just weeks after a Chinese celebrity posted social media photos of himself holding an iPhone 6 and also posting photos of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 6 together. So far, it is still unknown how the individual came into possession of the latest iPhone or whether it was even authentic.