Yesterday, it was reported that the largest iPhone manufacturer today, Foxconn has been ordered by Apple to increase recruitment for the iPhone 14 production line, in order to reduce the possibility of delays in the launch of the iPhones. new this year. However, the recruitment of new Foxconn employees has been suspended indefinitely.
The South China Morning Post reported that Foxconn had to suspend hiring at its largest manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou, after the Chinese government announced it was closing in response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. .
Before that, Foxconn had to increase the bonus level to attract new workers, during the rush to produce iPhone 14 and avoid interruption of iPhone 13 production. But for now, Foxconn has paused all new hires until further notice.
Fortunately, Foxconn’s current production inside the factories is not affected, thanks to a closed system that keeps workers inside the factory and dormitories.
Foxconn’s Zhengzhou production facility accounts for 80% of iPhone shipments worldwide. Therefore, if it is not possible to recruit new workers, it is likely that the production of iPhone 14 will not be able to ensure the quantity required by Apple.
The Covid-19 epidemic once caused Apple to delay the launch of the iPhone 12 for more than a month, but last year Apple returned to the old schedule in September. It is possible that the iPhone 14 will share the same fate with the iPhone 12, if the situation in China does not improve.