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With 200,000 workers, Foxconn still can’t keep up with iPhone 6 demand

Zach Epstein
September 17th, 2014 at 8:35 AM
iPhone 6 Sales

Foxconn has more than 200,000 factory workers in a single location at its plant in Zhengzhou, China, and each and every one is doing nothing but work on building the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The world’s top device manufacturer is working so hard that it is churning out nearly 550,000 new iPhone handsets each and every day… and yet it still can’t manage to keep up with stunning demand for Apple’s new, larger iPhones.

DON’T MISS: Watch this: Early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus video reviews are already live!

Apple on Monday announced that it received more than 4 million combined preorders for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability. That huge figure doubled Apple’s previous 24-hour preorder record, which was set by the iPhone 5 in 2012. Last year, Apple didn’t accept any preorders for the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.

In an article published on Wednesday just two days before the release of Apple’s next-generation iPhone models, The Wall Street Journal says that Foxconn is struggling to keep up with massive iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand.

“We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders,” an unnamed Foxconn employee told the paper. “For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays.”

Preorder inventory of iPhone 6 Plus sold out fast last Friday morning, and it looks like earlier rumors suggesting Apple’s larger iPhone would be in short supply for some time following its release were indeed accurate.

Zach Epstein

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.




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