According to a new supply chain report this morning, Apple has reportedly revised iPhone 7 orders upward by 10% for parts and components needed for production of the new iPhone scheduled to be released this Wednesday, September 7. This has spurred Foxconn to aggressively push new employment projects to ensure a sufficient number of workers on its iPhone production lines.
The report further noted that Foxconn has been encouraging internal recommendations and offers a bonus up to CNY1,400 (US$209) to employees who recommend workers that are qualified to work. In addition, Foxconn has also been giving bonuses to workers for their first three months and to ex-workers that return to work, the paper added.
The hike in order volumes indicates that Apple still remains positive about replacement demand for new iPhones from existing iPhone users, said the sources.
Lastly, the report noted that some suppliers still worry that the uplift in orders could be short lived as order volumes for new parts and components may start drifting down in the fourth quarter on seasonality.