A report on Tuesday says Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is beginning a hiring push to bring in a large number of workers to handle production of the next-generation iPhone.
According to China Business News (via CNET), a recruitment firm responsible for Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, has started “large-scale” hires for a ramp up to build what one source called the “iPhone 6.”
CBN’s source went on to say that Foxconn has already started production of the new handset, and is looking to fill assembly line spots with the mass recruitment. The plant currently employs 210,000 workers, during peak manufacturing in 2012 that number was around 300,000.
It is widely believed that Foxconn will be producing the so-called “iPhone 5S,” which will carry over the external design of the iPhone 5, but will have upgraded components inside.