Wednesday, November 27, 2013

iPhone 5s hardest to manufacture says Foxconn Executive

Recently tech journalist and bloggers noticed a very interesting change on Apple's online store. Namely, the iPhone 5s model used to take a week or two to ship, but the time has been significantly reduced now to only 3 to 5 business days. The reason behind this is that Foxconn Electronics has allocated a lot more manpower and energy into their iPhone 5s production line and they are now able to ship as many as half a million units every day.

iPhone 5s production Foxconn

Judging by the news from Taiwan the iPhone 5s has officially taken the crown as top priority even in front of other companies. On the other hand, the production of the iPhone 5c has decreased and slowed down. Nonetheless, the news we are focusing on today are the recent statements of a Foxconn executive for the Wall Street Journal which reveal a lot of information about the iPhone production line and about the difficult process behind the manufacturing of the iPhone 5s.

iPhone 5s and Foxconn: In Numbers

The factory as Zhengzhou has employed around 300,000 workers who are all dedicated to just making the iPhone 5s and various components for other Apple products. That's a giant number and I honestly wasn't expecting to read that 300,000 people are part of the iPhone 5s production line!

The executive also revealed that the company needs 600 workers per production line for the 5s model, while only 500 were needed for the older iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c. This followed by a statement about how the iPhone 5s is rather complicated to manufacture and that it was honestly a fairly difficult challenge for the company at first.

Complex Doesn't Equal Quality, in Fact...

A lot of people then went out to say that the iPhone 5s must be "the best" considering how complex it is to manufacture. However, I really disagree about this and I hope many of you will take my side on this one! The fact that it is hard to make doesn't really tell us much and in all honesty it can only be a bad thing.

The new iPhone 6 needs to be less complex so that it can be faster to manufacture. This means that we will have smaller waiting times and better availability not just in the US, but worldwide!

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