However, a report suggests that the success of the iPhone 5, as well as an increase in orders from 8 to 10 million units in September to 14 to 16 million units in October will put Foxconn's employees under additional pressure. Apple said that it sold more than 5 million iPhone during its first weekend of the latest model's availability.
According to Digitimes, Foxconn currently employs more than 150,000 workers to assemble Apple's latest smartphone in Zhengzhou, China. To assist Foxconn recruit workers, the local government of Zhengzhou "is also offering employment subsidies", the report stated.
Following a string of suicides last year, Foxconn recently made headlines due to riots at the Taiyuan in the Shanxi Province, which employs about 79,000 people. While Foxconn said that the riots, which have resulted in ten reported deaths so far, were not work related, the additional workload surely does help calm the mood. The riots at Taiyuan involved more than 2,000 workers.