Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn will use ‘Foxbots’ robots to help assemble Apple’s next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6. The company made the announcement at its annual shareholder meeting.
Terry Gou, chief executive of Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, told those assembled at the meeting that Apple would be the first company to take advantage of the new robot workers.
He said the robot assembly line was now entering the final testing phase. Each robot can put together around 30,000 devices, he added, with plans to install 10,000 of the robots in its factories.
Each robot costs between $20,000-$25,000. Foxconn will not sell any of the robots as it does not have enough to meet its own demand, said Gou. While Foxconn prepares for its new robot assembly line to automate the production process, it also recruited over 100,000 people in China in June.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled in the autumn. Apple is believed to be launching a larger smartphone at the same time as the iPhone6 launch.