• Foxconn Adds More Workers to its Assembly Lines as Supplies of the iPhone 5S Improve

    A recently published survey stated that the iPhone 5S is approaching 90% availability in Apple’s US retail stores with supply beginning to match consumer demand of the device. Now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the shortened wait times for the iPhone 5S is due in part to supplier Foxconn and its high production with the company adding more workers to its assembly lines in China as its overall production capacity grows. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    The Taiwan-based contract manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, has operated 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, according to executives at Hon Hai. The company has about 300,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site, dedicated to just making the iPhone 5S and key components such as metal casings.

    To get a glimpse of just how complicated it is to manufacture the iPhone 5S, Hon Hai executives said the company has about 600 workers on each iPhone 5S production line to handle assembly work.

    “We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever,” said the executive who declined to be named.
    The company’s executive also stated that it takes a longer time to assemble an iPhone 5S compared to the iPhone 5C or previous generation iPhone 5, with only 500 workers per production line to assemble the lower-end devices. Notably, a report from DigiTimes earlier this month states that the Zhengzhou factory would be ceasing production of the iPhone 5C to shift the facility’s manufacturing efforts toward the iPhone 5S. Foxconn was also previously estimated to be operating at only a minimum capacity of 8,000 to 9,000 iPhone 5C units per day.

    For those of you who didn’t know, supplies of the iPhone 5S remained somewhat constrained following its launch, with the bulk of the stock tending to go to Apple’s own retail stores. However, although supplies continued to be scarce during September and October, they have appeared to generally improve throughout November, with several colors and capacities of the iPhone 5S being made available for immediate pick up in Apple Stores in the US.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn Adds More Workers to its Assembly Lines as Supplies of the iPhone 5S Improve started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      dlyk13 -
      Too late now. Have waited too long. I have just switched to Samsung Note 3. Will only consider the next iPhone release iPhone 6. It has to be something....real diff. Else will give it a miss.
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