Thousands of applicants are queuing outside Apple manufactuer Foxconn’s Chengdu and Zhengzhou factories in China to apply for ‘summer’ jobs at the plants, ahead of the rumoured production of the next-generation iPhone and iPad ‘mini’.
The temporary positions have been introduced to ramp up production of Apple’s new iOS devices, with ongoing reports that the iPhone 5 will launch this spring alongside a 7in iPad model, according to a report from M.I.C Gadget.
While there are still openings available, spots are filling up fast. No further details on the positions have been revealed, just that all applicants must have good eyesight in order to meet the job requirements.
There is growing speculation that the next-generation iPhone is already being produced at the Zhengzhou site, albeit on a small scale. MacTrast cites ‘sources’ that claim only five units of the new handset were produced during a recent night shift, with more than 100 workers rostered. The yet-to-be released iPhone is reportedly in the “trial production stage.”
See below for images of hopeful applicants lining up outside the Foxconn factories (images via M.I.C Gadget):