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April 15, 2013

Do new Foxconn employees mean new iPhone?

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Taiwan-based supplier, Foxconn — also known as Hon Hai Precision — has been hiring new employees in preparation for the next-generation iPhone. Since the end of March, Foxconn has hired roughly 10,000 new workers for its assembly lines.

A Foxconn spokesman said that these new hires are nothing more than a way for the supplier to meet its seasonal demand from customers. However, executives who are familiar with the situation have stated that these employees were hired specifically to gear up for the production of the next iPhone. “We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon,” a Taiwanese-based executive who supposedly has direct knowledge of production plans told The Wall Street Journal.

In the past, Apple usually unveils its new iPhone in the summer. However, Apple switched it up last year with the release of the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, which debuted in the fall. Some analysts expect the next iPhone – rumored to be the iPhone 5S – will be unveiled in the summer of this year. According to the source from The Wall Street Journal, production of the next iPhone will ramp up this quarter, which may put a summer unveil a little too close. If that’s true, we could be looking at another fall unveiling of the next-generation iPhone from Apple.

Source:c|net, WSJ

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