iPhone 5S Production Begins, Foxconn Hires More Employees to Produce Device

Foxconn has hired several new workers in order to increase its production power while manufacturing the iPhone 5S.

The company has expanded its workforce in Zhengzhou, according to The Wall Street Journal. This information was revealed by a company spokesperson that refused to elaborate any further on the company's plans. Executives familiar with the situation also confirmed the report.

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

Workers have been recruited at Foxconn's plant in Zhengzhou ending a hiring freeze that was originally imposed in February, a source close to the situation also confirmed to Bloomberg.

The iPhone 5S should be released by this summer, and several analysts have already voiced their opinions on the specifications that will end up on the device.

The latest report points to the smartphone featuring the same screen size as the iPhone 5 with a larger camera and new fingerprint technology, according to Topeka analyst Brian White. This is not the first time someone has stated that the handset will feature this innovative fingerprint sensor.

White previously asserted that this new iPhone would feature multiple screen sizes, but went back on that with his latest research note. During a visit to a trade show in China, White met with several analysts who confirmed that this new iPhone would have the same screen size as its predecessors.

He also claims that the left side volume and mute buttons will be arranged differently on the new version. This was also confirmed in a parts leak last week. The main selling point of this new iPhone will be the fingerprint technology and will function for the iPhone 5S in the same way that Siri did for the 4S.