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Here comes the iPhone 5S: Foxconn ramps up hiring for next-gen iPhone

iPhone 5S Production

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

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.