Apple suppliers Pegatron and Foxconn are both on hiring sprees, suggesting that the production of the iPhone 6 is about to begin. Similar moves have taken place before other iPhone reveals, such as the iPhone 5S last year.
Reuters cited a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that said Hon Hai – better known as Foxconn – is hiring an additional 100,000 people in mainland China.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese firm Pegatron is expanding its workforce in one factory in mainland China by 30 percent. The moves would make sense as Apple is likely to unveil its iPhone 6 in the coming months – around September – before the device hits the shelves a week later.
Apple has faced criticism for its use of these firms in the past over concerns that working conditions are dangerous and led to worker suicides. However, Apple claims it has seen improvements in this area.
Apple is also rumoured to be working on its long-expected iWatch product, with Foxconn and Pegatron possibly working on the development of these units, with some 10-15 million expected to be sold before the end of 2014.
The iWatch is expected to begin production in July. Industry commentators have said the move from Apple would make sense as it would allow the firm to leap-frog competing devices that have thus far failed to capture the public's imagination.
The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two screen sizes, as Apple looks to ape competitors such as Samsung and HTC, which offer a raft of different screen sizes, as smartphone users often want large displays to watch video content and other media.
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