Foxconn is set to begin the mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, cited by Reuters.
The same publication writes that the 5.5-inch phablet version will enter manufacturing stage in the second week of August.
In order to meet Cupertino’s requirements, Foxconn will hire 100,000 workers for the production of the smartphone, the report adds, citing a China state-run news service.
The subcontractor is rumored to bring new machines to its production lines to assist humans, called “Foxbots.”
The other Apple partner, Pegatron, has also reportedly added more than 10,000 people to its workforce.
This difference in production kickoff for the two models could confirm rumors that suggest the two devices might be released at separate events.