Foxconn has apparently started the massive seasonal hiring campaign for the assembly of the next-generation iPhones, which is expected to debut a little later than usual – it's a few weeks, so probably late October / early November. The Chinese newspapers report it: it is not known exactly how many temporary workers will be hired, but in general these operations of the largest assembler of electronic devices in the world are colossal – in the order of thousands of contracts. There is so much need for candidates that internal employees who suggest a good one can be rewarded up to 9,000 RMB, which is approximately € 1,000.
According to rumors Foxconn should undertake the production of all the iPhone 12 Pro Max (of course the names are still provisional) with a 6.7 "display, and 70% of the other models. Overall, the company should assemble about 80% of the entire inventory of 2020 iPhones. To help put this in context, it is good to remember that Apple typically sells tens of millions of iPhones every quarter – the second of 2020, which was particularly bad for the entire industry, far exceeded 37 million pieces. But generally towards the third and fourth quarters of the year the volumes are much more impressive, precisely by virtue of the launch of the new models. Thanks to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, for example, Apple had shipped over 46 million smartphones in the third quarter of last year, and Apple's goal would be to produce at least 80 million Melafonini by the end of the year.
Foxconn makes extensive use of machinery to automate the process as much as possible, but robots can't get anywhere. The coronavirus is also complicating a situation that is already rather difficult in itself this year: the pandemic is far from over, and it cannot yet be ruled out that the situation will get worse in the coming months, with the associated risk of new lockdowns and interruptions in production processes. According to statistics updated to 2017, the supplier even exceeded 800,000 employees.