Apple manufacturers ramp up hiring ahead of iPhone 6 launch

Anticipating high demand for the anticipated iPhone 6, Foxconn and Pegatron have reportedly begun a record-level hiring spree.

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The iPhone 6? Leaked images. Credit: Sonny Dickson

Taiwanese media reports that Apple's two largest manufacturing contacts are ramping up recruitment to cope with anticipated high demand for the rumored iPhone 6.

The Economic News Daily (translated) reports that Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is expected to hire an additional 100,000 factory workers before the launch of the iPhone 6 , which is a recruitment drive for 10 percent more workers than the iPhone 5 and 5S required.

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The Taiwanese publication says that Pegatron is also securing additional workers, and is expected to boost numbers at a key production plant by one third.

END says that the manufacturers will begin producing the iPhone 6 in July.

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The rumored iPhone 6 is believed to be due for launch this year, and shipments are expected to outstrip the demand for the iPhone 5 series, according to the publication.

This may coincide with the iPad and iPhone maker's anticipated smartwatch, which is predicted to begin manufacture in July and ship in September or October.

In related news, on Friday, Sonny Dickenson shared photos of the alleged iPhone 6 with 9to5Mac. The leaked images, revealing an LCD component of the handset with a ruler placed on top, appear to show the handset sports a display measuring 5.5" inches.

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