Foxconn, a company which manufacturers the iPhone and other products for Apple, may be shifting production from people to robots. At the company’s yearly shareholders meeting, Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou says the company has reached the final phase of testing robots, which are being called Foxbots.
The company plans to deploy roughly 10,000 of the new robots. Estimates are for the robots to be capable of assembling an average of 30,000 iPhones per year. Foxconn doesn’t expect to the robots to handle the entire production. With each new iPhone, the company looks to increase its workforce. This year shouldn’t be any different, with expectations of two new iPhones. The company reportedly hiring an addition 100,000 workers in order to keep up with demand.
The robots will be exclusive to product of Apple products, at least initially. The cost per Foxbot is between $20k and $25k US.
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