Foxconn, the Taiwanese company responsible for producing the iPhone and many other consumer products, is investing in an army of 10,000 robots to produce smartphones on a massive scale.
Apple will be the first company to reap the benefits of the robot workforce, suggesting the iPhone 6 is almost ready for mass production. The news of the robots was broken by Terry Gou, CEO of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai, as a shareholder meeting, reports 9to5Mac.
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Each of the 10,000 robots, which are currently in the final stages of testing, is said to be capable of producing 300,000 smartphones during its lifetime.
The robots will cost between $20,000 and $25,000 each, and will only be available to Foxconn initially, while it works to meet its own demands. The company is expected to be extremely busy over the coming months as it works to produce the iPhone 6 - and a rumoured larger version which will go on sale later in the year - plus a new range of iPads for Apple, also due before the end of 2014.
Foxconn recently went on a hiring spree, reportedly gaining 100,000 employees to cope with the demands of producing the new iPhones.