The world’s largest iPhone assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, runs at full speed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in anticipation of very strong demand for Apple’s new iPhone 12 series.
Cissy Zhou and Zhou Xin for The South China Morning Post:
Apple’s main iPhone maker in China is running 24 hours a day to produce the new iPhone 12, canceling employees’ holidays and introducing mandatory overtime with juicy bonuses for longer-serving employees, according to employees, recruitment ads and local media.
The all-hands-on-deck approach at FoxconnA’s huge Zhengzhou plant reflects China’s resilient production capabilities and deep connection between the Chinese and US economies, despite pressure from Washington for disconnection.
Employee Wang Guofeng said that overtime work had increased since the summer, and most workers were only allowed to take four days off per month. “You can earn 5,000 yuan to 6,000 yuan (US $ 880) per month, and if you work in the factory for more than 90 days, it’s a handsome special salary,” said the 33-year-old, who has worked in the factory for over four years. . Another employee named Ma said that the company had started night shifts, with production lines running 24 hours a day. “We have been kept so busy in recent weeks because of the iPhone 12,” said Ma, referring to the new model expected to be unveiled next month.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s iPhone slide time! Many millions upon millions of iPhone 12 devices will be required to power the first leg of the perennial mother of all iPhone superbikes.