Ahead of the iPhone 6 Release, Foxconn Adds 10,000 Robots in the Assembly Line
Only a couple weeks ago, we saw reports claiming that Foxconn has started a huge hiring spree to prepare for the launch of iPhone 6. In the latest industry updates, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, has shared some details in the shareholders meeting of adding more than a few machines in Apple's assembly line. Foxconn is one of the major manufacturer that is responsible for helping Apple meet the consumer demands and have enough devices churned out in time. By adding robots in the mix, iPhone 6 might just be the first device to be manufactured by new machines.
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In an attempt to enhance its assembly process, Foxconn has added a new line of robots costing the company $20,000 to $25,000 each. 10,000 robots are planned to be included in the assembly line which will be capable of producing some 300,000 smartphones on average, reports 9to5mac. Earlier, some 100,000 new employees were reported to be included in the factory to meet the iPhone 6, and however many variants of the device may come out later this year, supply.
CEO Terry Gau says that the company won't sale these machines to other companies. The robots are said to be in the final testing stage. Terry Gau indicated that Apple would be the first and only company to reap the benefit from these machines as Foxconn doesn't have enough to handle the manufacturing needs of other companies that also get manufacturer's help in producing their devices.
This year Apple is highly rumored to launch two larger iPhone models: 4.7-inch and another 5.5-inch variant. Following previous year, one of these devices may see a cheaper iPhone 6c version too increasing the workload to millions of devices.
Next gen iPhone is expected to sport an ultra-thin, almost bezel-less design form with rounded edges. iPhone 6 leaked images and news suggest that the device will sport an A8 processor, 1 GB RAM, Touch ID sensor, and an improved 8 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). iPhone 6 is also expected to sport a durable sapphire display panel. Software wise, iPhone 6 will be powered by iOS 8 featuring new fitness apps with a focus on Healthbook app, an improved Maps and Siri experience, inter-app communication capabilities and more such refinements.
- Source: 9to5mac