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Foxconn Received Order From Apple for iPhone5: Media

03-29 15:16 Caijing
Rumor has it that Foxconn Technology Group has received a big new order of iPhone and is looking to hire new workers for the express purpose of building the next iPhone

Rumor has it that Foxconn Technology Group has received a big new order of iPhone and is looking to hire new workers to make sure it can fill Apple's request before launch of the next generation of the company's smartphone later this year.

The Apple contractor is ready to hire all kinds of new workers for the express purpose of building the next iPhone, tentatively called iPhone 5, according to a report by Life Morning Post, a local newspaper in Taiyuan, central China's Shanxi, which was then carried widely by foreign media.

Production is already starting to pick up at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant, and the electronics manufacturer is building 20 recruitment centers across the area to find and hire new workers, the report said.

According to the report, the local plant appears to be facing huge demand of workers, about some 20,000. Meanwhile, it quoted an employee with Foxconn's Taiyuan Plant as saying that the company would hire "no matter how many it can find as long as they are qualified."

There are also rumors that the new iPhone will include 4G LTE capabilities, and possibly with coverage from wireless carrier Sprint.

Sprint CFO John Euteneuer reportedly mentioned that there's nothing standing in the way of Sprint offering a 4G LTE iPhone 5 on its network later this year.

Tim Cook in China

Apple Inc's Tim Cook, on his first trip to China as the chief executive officer, has visited an iPhone production plant run by the Foxcoon Technology Group, state media said.

On March 28, Tim Cook stopped by a newly set-up plant in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, which hires some 120,000 workers. He was first spotted in China at an Apple store in Beijng on Monday, and then he was confirmed by Apple that he had been meeting with Chinese officials.

"China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth here," the company said.

Media reports said that vice premier Li Keqiang promised Tim Cook when meeting with him in Beijing that China would boost intellectual property protection.
 
"To be more open to the outside is a condition for China to transform its economic development, expand domestic demands and conduct technological innovation," the official Xinhua news agency cited Vice Premier Li Keqiang as saying.

Foxconn is part of Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, Taiwan's biggest electronics services (EMS) manufacturer. Foxconn has an extensive campus that includes factories in mainland China which assemble iPhones and iPads for Apple, among other major suppliers.

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