Apple assemblers in China scramble for workers ahead of iPhone 13 launch

Apple assemblers in China are scrambling for workers ahead of iPhone 13 launch. Foxconn is dangling hiring bonuses and Lens Technology and Luxshare Precision have rolled out similar incentives. Apple is targeting to ship 130 to 150 million new iPhones in the second half of 2021, according to one analyst.

The logo of electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is displayed at its headquarters in Taipei. Photo: Agence France-Presse
The logo of electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is displayed at its headquarters in Taipei. Photo: Agence France-Presse

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Apple suppliers in China, including the world’s largest iPhone factory, are raising their starter bonuses amid stiff competition for the shrinking pool of young people willing to do manufacturing jobs, as production ramps up on new models expected to launch in September.

Foxconn Technology Group’s factory in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, which produces an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s iPhones, has raised the bonus for new hires to another record-high of 10,200 yuan (US$1,578) if they stay for at least 90 days upon enrollment in its integrated Digital Product Business Group (iDPBG), which assembles iPhones.

The offer came just two weeks after it raised the reward amount to 10,000 yuan on July 23.

Foxconn is not the only Apple supplier in China that is scrambling for new workers. Lens Technology, which supplies Apple with touch screens, and Luxshare Precision, have rolled out similar hiring incentives.

MacDailyNews Take: We remember years ago when Foxconn envisioned “Foxbot” robots doing the bulk of iPhone assembly. It’s taking longer than expected for our robot overlords to arrive!

12 Comments

    1. Yes, it’s very sad the phony hypocrite SJW Cook puts profits over people.

      Hey, where is TxUseless arguing over and over for over a year and just a couple days ago, only China has the equipped labor force in the world to assemble iPhones?

      Obviously, WRONG AGAIN…

      1. If the Chinese don’t have enough workers with the requisite skill set and work ethic, where outside China do you expect to find hundreds of thousands of replacements?

        1. Yes, you have been lying for years about Communist China, a label Leftists like YOU will never use because it exposes deceit and TACIT SUPPORT, specifically, no one except China has the labor force to get it done.

          So, I’m happy to report in your overzealous BLIND support of Apple all these years it amounted to useless DEFENSIVE OPINION, nothing resembling FACT.

          Pardon me while I enjoy a quiet moment of misinformation Schadenfreude. 🙏🏻

          “Chinese don’t have enough workers with the requisite skill set and work ethic, where outside China do you expect to find hundreds of thousands of replacements?”

          Enter stage right, the INFAMOUS TxUseless DEFLECTION! Gee, what a surprise! 🤣

          I checked all the words in your response. Acknowledgement of misjudging China and global workforce? Nope. Apologies for years of misinformation opinions? Nope. Criticizing Apple for putting all their eggs in one basket risking corporate and national security. Nope. Contrite admission you may have erred? Nope. So what the hell good are you??

          I understand the feverish Leftist ACTIVISTS like yourself spending 12 years of my professional career in Ground Zero Washington D.C. and elsewhere in big cities.

          Let’s see, first and foremost arrogant know it alls, never wrong, never apologize, ignore facts, unwavering support of their biased narrative, immediately attack dissent, manipulate the biased media already on their side, and just win baby at all costs hook or crook. Sleeping well at night without a conscience is an art form with this crowd and not a problem.

          That said regarding Apple manufacturing: simply stated sans detail — Apple has the money to get it done, but they do not have the CEO to get it done…👎🏻

          1. My point has always been that no country but China can provide a million or more contract workers with the skills and worth ethic to produce 1.5 billion iPhones, plus all the other Apple devices. Can you name two or three US cities with the infrastructure to support a new plant with 400,000 workers, or with that many adults willing to change jobs for seasonal employment? Evidence that it is getting hard even in China to find enough workers to expand Apple production just reinforces that point.

            So, no, I am not going to apologize for being right. Any “misinformation” is purely the product of your mental confusion. I entirely agree with you that Apple’s reliance on China is a big problem–perhaps even their biggest problem–and that they should get out as quickly as they can. Where we differ is on how quickly that can happen without destroying the company. Not even Steve Jobs (who approved moving production to China) could just snap his fingers and replace the Chinese production capacity from one day to the next. All the money in the world cannot buy that many human beings, even if slavery were still an option for a US-based corporation.

            1. TxUseless is deflecting to a Trump joke?? But of course, a joke himself he cannot directly handle a post head on, so MORE DEFLECTION and OBFUSCATION.

              Curiously no mention of mention of Biden and his son making millions on influence deals using the Vice and Air Force One? No mention of the damning information on Hunter’s laptop? No mention of Comey spying and setting the dogs loose on President Trump a private citizen? No mention of millions donated to Billary’s foundation?

              Of course not! 100% Leftist partisan is BLIND to Democrat crimes and only dreams Republican crimes.

              A coward who has a problem with the truth…

          2. Your point for years no one but China has the capable workforce and as this article PROVES, you are an UNAPOLOGETIC LIAR.

            Nuff said and yes, get the F out of town. We don’t need misinformation specialists and outright LIARS around here…

            1. That’s all you got TxUseless?

              DEFLECTING to Covid deaths mounting under President Biden?

              Of course, no mention from you or acknowledgement from Biden the rightly deserved kudos to President Trump for fast tracking three vaccines as a coordinated effort “Project Warp Speed.”

              No, neither of you are MATURE politically and too partisan cowards blindly seeing only your side, denying and lying about reality.

              Yes, get the F out of town we don’t need your dishonesty…

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