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Foxconn, Pegatron on a recruitment spree for iPhone 6 production

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Apple’s much-anticipated next generation smartphone iPhone 6, is garnering a lot of hype lately, with its top two manufacturers – Foxconn and Pegatron reportedly gearing up to produce the smartphone.

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reports that Hon Hai Precision Industry aka Foxconn, said to manufacture around 70 percent of the iPhone 6, is all set to recruit more than 100,000 new employees in China to meet the expected demands.

“Hon Hai Precision Industry will recruit over 100,000 people in mainland China to produce the newest iPhone from Apple Inc, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News said, in what the report called the firm’s largest single hiring spree in China,” read the report.

Pegatron, which is expected to manufacture the remaining 30 percent devices, is also looking to increase its workforce by 30 percent in one of its factories in Taiwan to meet the high demands of iPhone 6. Pegatron was previously reported to have a production share of 15 to 50 percent.

This follows a similar hiring spree by Pegatron last year, boosting its workforce by 40 percent for the mass production of Apple’s iPhone 5C to meet the expected demand, as the primary assembler.

Foxconn’s and Pegatron’s timings of hiring spree fall in line with the previous rumours pointing to mass production of the smartphone scheduled to start next month in time for a launch later this year. Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to hit the shelves in 2 variants – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model.

Recent reports also suggest that the Cupertino’s long-rumoured smartwatch will also enter mass production next month, ahead of its speculated launch, alongside the flagship device iPhone 6.