Launching a smartphone in 115 countries and regions within a four month timespan would be difficult enough to pull off without unprecedented demand, but if Apple is going to push its latest flagship worldwide, it’s going to need some help. Digitimes reports that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus manufacturer Foxconn Electronics is hiring workers at its Chinese plants in droves in order to meet demand.
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Foxconn would not comment on the report, but supply chain sources tell Digitimes that the manufacturer is “aggressively recruiting workers” to assemble the new iPhones. In just three days, Apple managed to move 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, but that was only in a fraction of the territories that the company plans to sell in by the end of 2014.
On October 17th, Apple will finally begin selling its new phones in China, the largest market on the planet. Between the success of local vendors in recent years and the continual growth of the iPhone black market, China might be a difficult market to penetrate, but Foxconn has to be prepared.
Unfortunately, the seemingly never-ending stream of negative reports from the Foxconn facilities (and assembly lines in general) has given many potential employees reason to reconsider taking a job. This has made it even more difficult for Foxconn to recruit, so the manufacturer has been hosting hiring events in the meantime to keep up the pace.