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    A report from the Far East is claiming that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is hiring a large number of workers to help take care of production for the next-generation iPhone. According to China Business News, a recruit 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.”

    The source continued by stating that Foxconn has already begun production of the next-generation handset is currently aiming to fill assembly line positions with mass recruitment. Currently the plant has about 210,000 workers, which is obviously much less than the 300,000 people the company had employed during peak manufacturing in 2012. As the seasonal hires continue to file onto the production floor, it is believed that Foxconn is preparing to enter the mass production phase of the so-called “iPhone 5S,” a handset likely to carry over the design of the iPhone 5 while boasting upgraded internal parts. The “S” version would be in line with the Apple iPhone hardware update cycle, which brings design overhauls every other year.

    The publication’s tipster speculated that the Zhengzhou plant is working on a substantially different iPhone, with a borderless design and an aluminum and carbon fiber shell that will cut the weight by 40% compared to the iPhone 5.

    We’ll have to wait and see what’s true and what’s not by being patient until more concrete evidence is revealed.

    Source: China Business News via CNET

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    2013-07-10 08:56 AM