Foxconn Hires 200,000 Extra Workers, Still Can’t Make Enough iPhones for Apple

Supply of Apple’s latest iPhone models continue to be constrained as Foxconn continues to be unable to produce enough of the white-hot product.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Taiwan-based manufacturer has more than one million workers in China and is operating 100 production lines around the clock. Foxconn is making 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6’s every, according to a person familiar with the matter cited in the daily newspaper—the manufacturer’s highest daily output ever for an Apple device—”but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders.”

Quoth WSJ:

The challenge is to manufacture two complicated new iPhones on a large scale at the same time because Foxconn is the sole assembler of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The output rate of 5.5-inch is still only around 50%-60%, which means display makers have to scrap almost half of the substandard output, said a person at a display component supplier.

Foxconn also makes most of the iPhone 6’s, whose display output rate is significantly better at 85%. This year Apple chose to go with sapphire-based screens for the first time.