The Foxconn factory, which makes the majority of the company's products, is "urgently" hiring 20,000 workers for what is expected to be the next-gen handset.
Worker strikes are in force at Foxconn, with reports speculating that the mass recruitment is being implemented to increase productivity ahead of the development of the iPhone 5.
Slashgear cites sources from Taiyuan claiming that 20 recruitment centres are being constructed to meet the demand. The website speculates that several reports of this nature will surface as production on the device gets underway.
The iPhone 5, the final product overseen by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, has been strongly linked with a summer release. The handset is likely to be supported by iOS 6, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, which may introduce Apple's new proprietary iMaps system instead of Google Maps.
Apple is yet to officially announce its plans for a next-generation iPhone.
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