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Apple is just hours away from unveiling its entire iPhone 15 series. And as the day of the release of the units approaches, Apple’s production partners continue to work to meet Apple’s unit orders. To address this, a recent report has revealed that the companies increased the recruitment numbers in China.

Chinese national financial newspaper The Securities Times (via IT Home) shared the news, noting that the total number of workers in the factories of listed companies grew from 100,000 at the start of 2023 to 140,000 today. According to the report, Foxconn is also hiring new workers in Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and other locations.

This follows the report in June, wherein Apple’s main supplier was reported offering different bonuses in hopes of luring people to join its workforce in fulfilling its iPhone 15 volume orders. The Cupertino giant reportedly wants 85 to 90 million iPhone 15 units to meet the series demand, pushing Foxconn to increase the size of its workforce.

According to a report months ago, Foxconn offered bonuses to applicants who will be hired in its Shenzhen factory by giving them up to 6,980 yuan. Current workers could reportedly also earn a 1,000 yuan referral bonus if their referrals were hired. Meanwhile, the report shared that these referrals could make more by getting hired during a peak season and staying for four months.

No other details were shared about the companies’ production statuses, but the report came after some rumors about production delays of the iPhone 15 models. In August, it was reported that Apple would have to delay the shipping of its iPhone 15 Pro Max due to some issues being experienced with its image sensor. According to a source who reportedly managed to view a major equity analyst note, Apple supplier Sony wouldn’t be able to provide the image sensor for the said model in time. Website 9To5Mac then claimed Apple would have to push for the model’s release between October 6 and October 13, mentioning an issue related to the Pro Max’s periscope lens system. Other rumors also mentioned some problems that reportedly could affect the shipping date of the iPhone 15 models, but following reports claimed that some of them have already been resolved by Apple.


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