Apple Supplier Ramps Up Hiring for iPhone 14 Production Amid Delay Fears

Apple has asked Foxconn to start recruiting workers to assemble iPhone 14 models earlier than usual amid fears that China's lockdowns could lead to short supply or delays later in the year, United Daily News reports.

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Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, has reportedly launched a large recruitment drive for its factory in Zhengzhou this week, despite the season normally being off-peak for iPhone production. The company is said to have increased bonuses by 30 percent to attract more workers amid a pressing need to meet Apple's requirements.

Apple's instruction to increase recruitment at this time of year is ostensibly derived from continued strong demand for the iPhone 13 lineup and mounting concern about the impact of lockdowns in China on its ability to meet demand for the ‌iPhone 14‌ in the second half of the year. Zhengzhou has been largely unaffected by lockdown measures so far, encouraging Foxconn to increase production capacity at the facility.

Apple briefly mentioned supply problems caused by lockdowns in China in its earnings call last week. DigiTimes recently speculated that parts of Apple's supply chain may be severely impacted depending on how long lockdowns persist, potentially even forcing Apple to delay the launch of new ‌iPhone‌ models later this year.

Earlier today, it was reported that Apple supplier Quanta is now gradually resuming production of MacBook Pro models at its Chinese plant following the easing of lockdown restrictions in Shanghai. The measures caused significantly extended delivery times for new MacBook Pro orders.

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Top Rated Comments

Rafagon Avatar
3 weeks ago

Honestly, if that were to happen. I wouldn't mind paying double the costs of an iPhone.

My fingers are crossed there won't be any delays on the iPhone 14. Early head start is better.
You're getting a little carried away there.

I'll go with the first poster who suggests that the top executives take a pay cut, instead.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will do good Avatar
3 weeks ago
Foxconn in one factory have up to 350,000 workers

Like to see if Apple production is in the USA we can get 5,000 people show up for work, work 10+ hrs. 6 days a week.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fourthtunz Avatar
3 weeks ago
How bout if Apple made their iPhones in the US?
Maybe all the top executives would have to take a few less millions
but at least they have more control over their iPhone production.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
3 weeks ago

How bout if Apple made their iPhones in the US?
Maybe all the top executives would have to take a few less millions
but at least they have more control over their iPhone production.
Please forward your suggestion to Apple. Stat. For sure that has never crossed their mind, let alone analyzed.

Also... please advise Apple where in the US there are skilled human resources and physical infrastructure to manufacture and fulfill, on the average, roughly 190,000 iPhones per day. And be able to quickly ramp volumes up and down on a moment's notice, based on demand.

Also... to cover those additional costs, let them know how much more iPhones would need to be priced, and how that would impact sales.

Your views would be greatly appreciated.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
3 weeks ago

First you would not need to pay double.
If Apple spent less on share buybacks and maybe the top dogs for a few million less then they can sell the phones made in the US for the same price
Where in the US would suggest Apple go to find the required skilled human resources that can handle the logistics of parts sourcing/inventory, manufacturing, test, and fulfillment of 190,000 iPhones per day. And can quickly ramp volumes up and down on a moment's notice? And do all that at the quality level Apple and its customers demand?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IIGS User Avatar
3 weeks ago
I wonder how China continuing to pursue a "zero Covid" strategy will impact production.

I noticed in passing a story on the nightly news that lockdowns in Shanghai were a possibility. They were talking about further disruptions to the global supply chain, etc.

It's been a heck of a lousy couple years for globalization. Between the 'Rona, the war in Europe, that container ship getting stuck in the Suez, and all the shipping issues.

I imagine a lot of manufactures are going to consider onshoring some production in the near future. Price savings are good, but you can't make money if you don't have anything to sell.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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