Apple iPhone 6 will reportedly start production in Q2

Apple could be weeks away from starting production on the iPhone 6.

That's according to a Commercial Times report, which Reuters translated.

Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is apparently opening up new factory space and recruiting workers to build the iPhone 6, according to the report. The production would begin in the second quarter, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

Apple declined CNET's request for comment.

Pegatron wouldn't be the only manufacturer of Apple's flagship phone. The Commercial Times said Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, would be the primary manufacturer of the phone.

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Apple supplier Foxconn to hire 15,000 more workers

Foxconn wants to expand further beyond its roots as a parts supplier, and it's looking to hire enough people to push that effort.

The Taiwan-based company also known as Hon Hai announced this past weekend that it plans to hire 15,000 employees in its native country, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The hiring spree will attempt to pick up engineers and other qualified talent to work in such areas as telecommunications, e-commerce, biotechnology, automation, software, and hardware development.

Foxconn currently employs around 46,000 workers in Taiwan and more than 1 million in China.

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BlackBerry CEO confirms Foxconn-made Q20 and Z3 phones

BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed two new phones were on their way this year.

The first, codenamed "Jakarta," but known as the BlackBerry Z3 will launch first in Indonesia in April before moving to other markets. It will retail for less than $200.

The second phone, the BlackBerry Q20 (which Chen dubbed "BlackBerry Classic" because of its keyboard) is designed for big business and government clients and will launch by the end of the year. It was also designed by Foxconn.

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Google and Foxconn partner on robotics, report says

Google and Foxconn may have quietly become bedfellows.

Google's former Android chief and head of robotics, Andy Rubin, is working closely with Foxconn and its Chairman Terry Gou to help carry out the Web giant's "vision for robotics," sources familiar with matter told The Wall Street Journal. But the partnership isn't just for Google's benefit. The Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to speed up robot deployment at its factories, according to the report on Tuesday, and Gou was apparently won over by automation technologies demonstrated by Rubin at a recent meeting in Taipei.

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Foxconn managers arrested for alleged kickback scheme

Managers at Apple supplier Foxconn have been arrested on charges that they demanded kickbacks from iPhone component makers, Chinese news site Tencent said Wednesday.

Interpreting Tencent's story, CNET sister site ZDNet said that around a dozen managers have been taken into custody, including Deng Zhixian, director general for Foxconn's committee of surface mount technology, and retired senior vice president Liao Wancheng, who was fingered as the mastermind behind the purported scheme.

Prosecutors allege that companies that wanted to qualify as iPhone component suppliers had to pay the managers kickbacks and then further bribe them to make sure their … Read more

China Mobile snags 1 million iPhone 5S units -- report

China Mobile reportedly has more than 1 million iPhones 5S handsets to offer its customers as its preps for the official launch on Friday.

Citing information from a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Apple supplier Foxconn shipped 1.4 million phones to China's largest mobile carrier. Those phones are destined for new buyers and those who have preordered the 5S.

The number doesn't account for all of China Mobile's iPhone 5S sales earmarked for January, the Journal added, but it does provide some insight into early demand … Read more

Foxconn reportedly to launch startup fund for wearable tech

Foxconn, best known for assembling Apple's iPhones and iPads, is launching an investment fund to support startups focused on developing new kinds of wearable computers, Bloomberg reports.

Foxconn unit Syntrend Creative Park will administer the $6.8 million fund and select candidates for trial in the first quarter of the new year, Bloomberg reported, citing unidentified sources. However, an associated incubator that will provide offices and advisory services for startups is not expected to be operational until the end of the next year.

CNET has contacted Foxconn for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

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Foxconn set for US with $40M investment in Pennsylvania

China's Foxconn, best known for building Apple products, is bringing an operation to the US.

The company announced Thursday that it will invest $30 million over two years into a manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. The facility, which will be in Harrisburg, will be used to develop robotic equipment. Foxconn will also invest $10 million into research and development at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the arrangement.

Bloomberg earlier reported on the investment.

According to Foxconn chief Terry Gou, the company will create 500 jobs in Pennsylvania with the facility. Foxconn has another plant in the area that accounts … Read more

Foxconn admits interns worked overtime to assemble PS4

Foxconn violated its own policy by forcing students to work overtime to help build Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 game console.

Foxconn reportedly told students from the Xian Institute of Technology that if they didn't finish the internship program, they wouldn't receive the necessary credits allowing them to graduate, Chinese site Tencent Games said Wednesday. In response to that report, Foxconn told news site Quartz that an internal investigation did uncover policy violations. Specifically, XIT students at its Yantai factory were assigned night shifts and overtime hours.

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WSJ: Foxconn gearing up for iPhone launch next month

Apple's given Hon Hai Precision Industry the green light to begin mass producing both high- and low-end iPhone models, according to a new report.

Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says Apple's gearing up for an early September launch of those devices, and has put in the orders with its usual assembler, Hon Hai, which goes by Foxconn.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

The news comes amid numerous leaks of purported parts for both high-end and lower-end iPhone models, expected to be unveiled at an event in early September. Most recently that'… Read more