Next iPhone to be Built by Foxconn Robots?
Your next iPhone may be built by super efficient Foxconn robots. According to Ubergizmo, the Taiwanese company recently announced its intention to deploy robots throughout its plant to help with the assembly of future devices, the iPhone 6 being a likely candidate for one such device.
Terry Guo, Founder and Chairman of Foxconn, stated that the robots, known as Foxbots, will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices and will cost in the range of US$20-25k.
Robotic assembly is already used by other manufacturing companies and generally results in increased and more efficient production levels that are also less prone to human errors and product defects. Robot manufacturing lines also means that a company can maintain its stock levels, which should mean decreased global distribution waiting times.
Of course, this all comes at the cost of the jobs of poor hard working Chinese factory workers.