Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, announced during a shareholder call that they're going to begin deploying new robots in their factories to aid in iPhone production. 10,000 of the machines are set to hit the assembly lines shortly, each at a cost of $20,000 - $25,000 and be able to churn out 30,000 devices. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said they're in the final phase of testing these "Foxbots".
Though automating more of the process is bound to free up manpower for other duties, Foxconn is still beefing up their workforce considerably in preparation for building the next iPhone. Though Foxconn operates independently, Apple has invested $10.5 billion into supply chain improvements like this in 2013. No doubt Foxconn will need it to make sure iPhone 6 supply meets demand.