Apple is planning on automating the production of iPhone batteries from later this year, according to a recent report from DigiTimes.
The move will allow the Cupertino, Calif. based company “to reduce its manpower demand,” thereby refocusing efforts on other aspects of iPhone production. Other brand vendors are expected to follow suit, the publication adds.
Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing.
Last week, we explained that Apple partner Pegatron is expected to begin mass production of the iPhone 6 in Q2, using the new Kunshan, China plant in order to supply 50 percent of Apple’s handsets.
Pegatron has been recruiting staff recently in order to prepare for this, with the remaining 50 percent of iPhones reportedly being manufactured by Apple’s long time partner Foxconn.
Moving the production of batteries over to automated lines is a wise move for a number reasons. For one, it should help increase the overall efficiency of iPhone production; for another, it could also help erradicate battery faults (such as those found last year in the iPhone 5s handset).
In related news, Apple is expected to launch a larger, sapphire-coated iPhone later this year, and if previous generation models are anything to go by, the battery in this handset will be increased slightly in order to maintain the battery life offered by Apple’s line of smartphones.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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