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Foxconn hires 10,000 workers in lead-up to iPhone 5S production

Details about Apple’s next-generation iPhone have been kept mum, but a new report suggests Foxconn has hired more workers as it gears up to kickstart production of the forthcoming smartphone.

The Chinese manufacturer confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it has in the past few weeks hired around 10,000 employees to work on the assembly line at its Zengzhou plant in order to meet ‘seasonal demand’ from clients. Foxconn lists Apple, Google, Microsoft and Sony among its major customers.

The company did not specify the next-gen Apple smartphone as one of the devices it’s currently making, but the Zengzhou factory is known to have been a big iPhone producer in the past. Moreover, citing unnamed “executives familiar with the situation,” the Journal reported that the new workers were taken on specifically for production of Apple’s next handset.

"We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon," a Foxconn executive based in Zhengzhou and "who has direct knowledge of production plans" told the Journal.

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5S this summer, with some rumours suggesting the device will be unveiled at the company’s WWDC developer event in June. The phone is also tipped to include a ‘killer new feature’ designed to differentiate it from the masses of competing smartphones currently flooding the mobile market.