Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd will begin mass production of Apple's next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday.
Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said. Production of a 5.5-inch version will begin during the second week of August, it added.
A separate report issued Thursday by a China state-run news service said Hon Hai is planning to hire 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities to meet future demand for the gadget, citing comments made by the chief of the Henan Provincial Commerce Department.
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron Corp this month also began recruitment of over 10,000 workers for its mainland facilities to manufacture the phone, according to the Economic Daily News report.