The South China Morning Post is reporting that Apple’s supplier Foxconn has been running its production lines at maximum capacity, 24 hours a day, in order to crank out the new iPhone models in time to meet the expected demand.
In fact, according to the Post, workers have been asked to skip the eight-day national holiday that begins this week, with overtime work increasing, but bonuses and special pay also being added for those who have been with the factory for more than 90 days.
As demanding as the overtime hours have been, most workers are apparently embracing the requirements with enthusiasm.
Chinese law actually entitles them to triple pay during the national holiday, while the iPhone assembly unit is also offering a 10,000 yuan (~$1,500 USD) bonus for anyone who started after Sept. 18th, stays for at least 90 days, and works at least 55 of those days.
This year’s iPhone releases are also once again expected to be staggered, similar to how Apple launched its iPhone lineups in 2017 and 2018.
Most reports suggest that the standard iPhone 12 units will be available almost immediately following Apple’s Oct. 13th event, with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max coming in November.
However a dissenting report suggests that it could be the two 6.1-inch models that arrive first, with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro being followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max a few weeks later.