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You've seen the leaks, you've read the rumors, but enough is enough: When is the next-generation iPhone actually going to start rolling off the assembly lines? We don't have those answers, but it appears manufacturing is indeed kicking off this month.
Reuters reported Thursday that Apple and supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry (better known under the name Foxconn) are preparing to "begin mass production" on the iPhone 6 this month.
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, a 4.7-inch version of the fabled iPhone 6 smartphone will start rolling off the production lines "during the third week of July," with production on the phablet sized 5.5-inch model following in "the second week of August."
As if to seemingly confirm that news, a separate report from China on Thursday claimed Hon Hai was ramping up hiring of 100,000 workers for its facilities on the mainland "to meet future demand" for the iPhone 6.
If that sounds familiar, it's because rival supplier Pegatron did exactly the same thing earlier this month, suggesting an awful lot of man (and woman) power is being assembled for Apple's next handset, which is widely expected to debut this fall alongside iOS 8.