iPhone 12 Production Lines Are Running 24 Hours a Day

The people least excited about the iPhone 12 are likely to be the workers tasked with manufacturing it. That’s after Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn took drastic steps in order to produce enough handsets to meet launch demand.

As the South China Morning Post reports, Foxconn’s huge factory complex in Zhengzhou, referred to as “iPhone City,” has ramped up production of the forthcoming iPhone 12 models. The methods used to increase the rate of iPhones being pumped out every day will not sit well with many, though. Foxconn has apparently canceled all workers’ holidays and implemented mandatory overtime. The production lines are also runing 24 hours a day.

The demand for more work and no holidays isn’t without reward, though. According to one employee by the name of Wang Guofeng, “You can earn 5,000 yuan to 6,000 yuan (US$880) per month, and if you work at the factory for more than 90 days, there’s a handsome amount of special pay.” The factory also advertises a 10,000 yuan (US$1,467) bonus for new employees who joined after Sept. 18. The bonus is only earned if they work for at least 55 days and remain employed for at least 90 days. Referring a new worker also earns existing employees a 500 yuan ($73) bonus.

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival and China National Day will result in an eight-day holiday for Chinese people at the beginning of October, but not for Foxconn workers in Zhengzhou. It’s one of the holidays they have been forced to give up, which is sure to have caused a lot of frustration and anger, not only among workers but for their families, too. However, one worker pointed out to the Morning Post that, “Some people are willing to do so because according to Chinese labour law the salary triples on the first three days [of the Mid-Autumn Festival].”

We’re expecting the iPhone 12 to launch at some point in October, but to arrive in two stages. The two 6.1-inch models should arrive first, followed by the 5.4-inch and the 6.7-inch models at some point in November, although that could change depending on this production ramp up. The other thing we’re expecting is for none of the iPhone 12 models to include a charger or EarPods.

September 29, 2020
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