“The waiting time for iPhone 5s has shortened significantly as major assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has been running its factories around the clock, adding more workers to its production lines,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Apple is now shipping all variations of the iPhone 5S smartphones within three to five business days, compared to a two- to-three- week wait last month, according to the company’s online stores in China and the U.S.,” Luk reports. “Hon Hai, also known by its trade name Foxconn, has boosted production capacity for the iPhone 5S at the expense of the cheaper iPhone 5C as requested by Apple, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal last month. ”
“The company has about 300,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site, dedicated to just making the iPhone 5S and key components such as metal casings. To get a glimpse of just how complicated it is to manufacture the iPhone 5S, Hon Hai executives said the company has about 600 workers on each iPhone 5S production line to handle assembly work,” Luk reports. “‘We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever,’ said the executive who declined to be named… For the iPhone 5C or the iPhone 5, we only have 500 workers per production line as the assembly procedure is less complicated.'”
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