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After a brief freeze on hiring, Foxconn has allegedly begun adding employees again at one of its Chinese factories ? a move said to be made in anticipation of Apple's next iPhone.

Foxconn is in the process of gearing up to build Apple's 2013 iPhone, a person familiar with the plans said to Bloomberg. The handset is commonly referred to as a so-called "iPhone 5S," though the actual name for the unannounced product remains unknown.

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A hiring freeze was instituted by Foxconn in February after more workers returned from the Chinese New Year break than did last year. Some had speculated the freeze may have been related to weaker-than-expected demand for the iPhone 5.

The new hires at Foxconn were reportedly requested by Apple to boost capacity in anticipation of its next flagship smartphone. In addition to assembling the "iPhone 5S," the employees are also expected to handle existing models, such as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

Rumors as to when Apple plans to launch its next iPhone have been varied, with some expecting a new handset to be unveiled as soon as June, which would mark less than a full year after the launch of the iPhone 5. In contrast, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told AppleInsider last week that he expects Apple to face a number of technical challenges in assembling the "iPhone 5S."

According to Kuo, Apple is planning to include a fingerprint scanner underneath the home button of its next iPhone. This feature would allow users to bypass password entry and could potentially open the door to e-wallet functionality, but the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner is expected by Kuo to cause the "iPhone 5S" to launch later than some expect.

"Apple has to work out how to prevent interference from the black and white coating material under the cover glass," Kuo said. "Apple is the first to attempt this function and technology, and time is needed to find the right coating material, which will likely affect iPhone 5S shipments."
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Apple is...not doomed?
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I will be surprised if it has a fingerprint scanner. The S is usually for speed. The iPhone 5S will look the same as the 5 but have improved performance.
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Apple is...not doomed?

Of course they're doomed. Foxconn has to hire more people to replace those who are killing themselves - and it's Apple's fault.

Or maybe the argument will be that all those extra people cost too much money and Apple's margins will fall.

Or, perhaps, the extra people will be making phones that no one wants to buy since everyone wants larger phones and Apple will have to discount the phones to sell them.

Don't worry - the argument doesn't have to be logical.
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Does that mean the girl in the picture can take her break now?
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Does that mean the girl in the picture can take her break now?

Not for another hundred articles.

Now get back to work!
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I wonder when Foxconn is going to begin their move into more automation?   

 

Reportedly Hon-Hai has been planning to buy millions of robots to replace workers, in part to help bring up their profit margin.

 

Ah. Never mind.  Apparently they ran into some difficulties.

 

WSJ - Hon Hai hits obstacles converting

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