Now that the new iPad is out the door, Foxconn has started hiring to build the next iPhone. According to fresh reports, Foxconn is short 20,000 pairs of hands to handle Apple's production demands for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's going to be called). This year alone, Foxconn has held more than 20 job fairs in order to churn out the supposed 57 million iPhone 5 units demanded by Apple.
We've heard lots of rumours about the iPhone 5, including that it will have LTE, keep the small-ish screen size, and have a new micro-dock connector, but everything is up for conjecture for now, including crazy pseudo-textured touchscreens. At the rate Apple's going, it's expected that the next iPhone will do well, but one can hope that the next generation will at least have a slightly different form factor; we've been looking at the same iPhone casing for nearly two years now, so at least a little bit of cosmetic changes are due, if only for variety, right?
As far as the Foxconn employment surge goes, word has it that those signing on will enjoy the recent pay increase. Though I doubt those long hours documented by Nightline are going to change, I don't think the conditions for these new employees are going to be as bad as some people make them out to be.