Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S is expected to launch this coming fall, and yet another piece of the puzzle has now fallen into place. According to a report from China Business News, Apple’s main manufacturing partner Foxconn has begun using the services of a recruitment firm to boost hiring at its Zhengzhou plant in China. The report notes that approximately 210,000 people currently work in Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility, down from a peak of 300,000 last summer ahead of the iPhone 5’s debut. The additional workforce currently being hired is expected to be utilized on iPhone lines as iPhone 5S production ramps up.

CBN makes repeated mention of the “iPhone 6” in its report, and it references earlier rumors of a new Apple smartphone with a borderless display and maybe even a carbon fiber case.

A redesigned flagship iPhone is not expected to launch until next year, however — Apple’s 2013 flagship phone is expected to feature the same external design as the iPhone 5 along with a big internal overhaul, as revealed by BGR in a recent exclusive report, as well as an upgraded processor, a new camera and possibly even a fingerprint scanner.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.