updated 09:21 am EDT, Mon June 23, 2014
Pegatron also boosting workforce
Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is preparing to hire some 100,000 people in mainland China to help manufacture new iPhones, says Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The effort is described as the company's largest-ever Chinese hiring spree. Another major Apple supplier, Pegatron, is meanwhile said to be boosting labor at a mainland factory by 30 percent for the sake of iPhone production. Foxconn is expected to handle 70 percent of orders, while Pegatron will deal with the remainder.
Most reports have suggested that Apple is working on two iPhones, with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays. It's not clear therefore whether the Foxconn/Pegatron split involves one or multiple models. With the current generation of iPhones, though, Foxconn has been commanding iPhone 5s production, while the iPhone 5c has been Pegatron's responsibility.
Foxconn and Pegatron are known for going on recruitment drives in advance of Apple product launches. One or more new iPhones should ship sometime this fall in tandem with iOS 8.