Mention the words “Foxconn” and “workers” and most people will immediately think of the spate of suicides that have tarnished the Chinese manufacturing giant's reputation – and some would say Apple's too – over the past couple of years.
This story, you'll be happy to hear, is of a far less fatalistic nature, though it may have Apple's rivals thinking uncomfortably of their own mortality: Foxconn is looking to hire 20,000 new workers as it prepares to start manufacturing the iPhone 5.
There may be a big question mark over the working conditions Foxconn imposes on its workers, but there's no question how integral the massive manufacturing firm is in creating the seemingly endless supply line of Apple devices the world's tech-hungry gadget fans are crying out for.
And with each new iDevice outdoing the one before in terms of demand, it looks like Foxconn is getting ready for a massive bump in iPhone-building.
“As long as [applicants] meet the basic standards, (we’ll) take as many as possible,” a Foxconn representative told the China Morning News (translated), with the report going on to reveal that the company is looking to add around 20,000 new workers in total, who will be based at a dedicated new iPhone 5 production plant in Tai Yuan.
Needless to say, the iPhone rumour mill is alive and well as we slowly edge towards the iPhone 5's arrival, and as per usual there's the usual wide spectrum of predictions and speculation, all echoing against the absolute silence coming from Apple itself.
The most popular rumour is that the next-gen iPhone will feature a new form factor, breaking with the familiar design that has remained largely unchanged for a few years now. Then again, that's pretty much exactly how long that rumour has been knocking around too, so we wouldn't bother getting too excited just yet.