Foxconn is reportedly going to use robots, termed Foxbots, instead of humans to assemble iPhones (possibly iPhone 6) and other products in the near future.
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly planning to use robots for assembling products like the iPhone. These robots are called "Foxbots."
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Foxconn president and CEO, Terry Gou, has announced during a recent shareholder meeting that his company is in the final stages of testing these Foxbot robots.
He also said that Foxconn could start using Foxbots in its assembly line in at least one of its major factories in the near future. And the Apple devices will be given the priority to be assembled by Foxbots, reports IT Home (via AppleInsider).
Foxconn is reportedly going to install 10,000 robots initially. And as Apple devices will be given the priority, the first product assembled could be the iPhone 6.
It means that we can see a Foxbot-assembled iPhone 6, if the robots will be deployed within the time span of Apple's next generation smart phone launch. These robots will replace human workers of Foxconn.
iPhone 6 is said to come in two different versions of 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch "phablet" versions with brand new design with thinner chassis and next-gen "A8" SoC this fall, probably on September 19th or 25th. The 5.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to come with optical image stabilization.
A Foxbot will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices in one year. It means that 10,000 Foxbots can complete 300,000 iPhones in one year.
Foxconn currently has more than 1.2 million workers in its factories all across China. A Foxbot will cost the firm from $20,000 to $25,000.
Foxbots will save money for the company as it has not to pay the robots overtime wages. And there will also be no issues of workers' rights. Housing and production lines will work without being stopped, hence saving more money for the firm.
However, Foxconn cannot fully rely on robots. It still needs humans to complete its production. Last month, it was reported that the company had 100,000 employees and they are ready to start the production of Apple's iPhone 6 this month.
Foxconn CEO first revealed about a fully automated manufacturing solution back in 2011. He said then that his company had 10,000 robots ready to be deployed. However, they were not deployed at that time.
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At that time, Foxconn was supposed to increase the Foxbots numbers to 300,000 in 2012, then one million by 2014. Although, Foxconn is again reportedly going to use 10,000 robots initially, but the exact numbers of robots that will be used soon in Foxconn's factories is not known.