Rumor has it Foxconn will hire 20,000 new staff to cope with order for Apple's new smartphone
Rumors from China suggest that Apple has placed a huge order for its new iPhone 5 device from manufacturing partner Foxconn; and the Chinese company is planning on hiring 20,000 new bodies in order to fulfill it.
The rumor was picked up by the guys over at CNET, who snagged some information from supply chain sources. There's more than an element of plausibility to the idea, as Apple does have a habit of sticking to set release schedules, sly old badger that it is.
Foxconn's recruitment drive is the main point of note, with the manufacturer looking to open 20 new recruitment centers in or around Taiyuan, in North China, where one of the company's largest manufacturing plants is based. Though, there has been some speculation that this drive is to compensate for striking workers rather than to bolster the current workforce.
There is certainly something afoot, though, and early signs point to Apple launching the first production cycle of its new iPhone, of which there has been no shortage of gossip.
Some parties are suggesting that the device will be wildly different from current form and others are musing over whether the iPhone 5 will make the bump to a new camera sensor, which could be supplied by rival Sony (we're filing that one in the 'don't count on it' tray). But nothing concrete is currently known about the device, so this snippet of information may be the first proper sniff of the next-gen iPhone we have.
Needless to say, we'll keep our collective ear to the ground for more.