Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With Robots For iPhone 6 Assembly

Score a win for the robot species, which will soon be joining Foxconn's flesh and blood workers to help assemble Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 device. So says Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, who announced the plan at a recent shareholder meeting, adding that Apple will become the first company to use the service.

Citing a Chinese-language news report, MacRumors says that each robot -- or "Foxbot," as Foxconn is calling them -- will be responsible for assembling about 30,000 iPhone 6 devices. Foxbots, which are currently in their final testing phase, run $20,000 to $25,000 a pop, with Foxconn planning to deploy at least 10,000 of them in its factories. Though that may sound like a lot, Gou says he isn't planning to sell any Foxbots because there aren't enough to go around.

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So-called "Foxbots" will join Foxconn workers in assembling iPhone 6 devices.

Apple hasn't officially announced the iPhone 6 yet, though rumors and speculation have been circulating for several months now. The most current rumors suggest that iPhone 6 production is to begin this month, if not already, and that it might ship with different screen size size options -- 5.5 inches and 4.7 inches.

The iPhone 6 will ship with
iOS 8, a new version of Apple's mobile OS that's said to be the company's biggest release since the App Store. It's faster and more intuitive with a bunch of new features, including the ability to scan credit cards.