The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has hired 10,000 people a week at least since the end of March 2013 in its factory in Zhengzhou, central China, which produces iPhones.
“We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon,” an executive from Zhengzhou “who has direct knowledge of production plans” told the publication.
The start of mass production of the iPhone 5S is scheduled for the second quarter of the year, and may be accompanied by the low-cost model which continues to fuel rumors.
A Bloomberg report states that Foxconn had ceased to hire new staff from the month of February, probably due to low sales of the iPhone 5.
But the manufacturer is now reportedly preparing production lines dedicated to the assembly of the iPhone 5S, while continuing to ensure the production of the current model of the iPhone.
A recent note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities states that production problems with the iPhone 5S will force Cupertino to launch the device later than June.