Now here's one of those reports that won't exactly come as a surprise: It's late June and Apple suppliers in mainland China are said to be recruiting new hires to assemble Cupertino's latest smartphone. Reuters reported Sunday that Apple partners Hon Hai Precision Industry and Pegatron Corp. are ramping up recruitment of factory workers ahead of the iPhone 6, with the former said to hire more than 100,000 people.
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, that's would be the "largest single hiring spree in China" ever, even for what the news outlet describes as "the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods."
While Hon Hai (better known to the world for its Foxconn division) is expected to handle manufacturing chores for 70 percent of Apple's next handset, Taiwanese partner Pegatron is also said to be ramping up hiring at one of its own Chinese factories by as much as 30 percent to handle the remainder of Cupertino's needs.
Neither company would comment on the report, which points to "expected high demand" for the iPhone 6 as the rather obvious reason for the hiring surge. Apple is expected to debut its latest smartphone as early as September to ship alongside the new iOS 8 operating system.