Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn recently went on a hiring spree, recruiting a record-breaking 100,000 employees from mainland China to assist with production of the iPhone 6. Then, a few days ago, it was reported that the iPhone maker was adding 10,000 robots to its assembly line to help automate the process. But if you think robots are going to be replacing humans, that does not appear to be the case.
G for Games elaborates on the role that the so-called “Foxbots” will be involved with more tedious tasks, while humans will continue to oversee quality control and assembly of :
“While the Foxbots will reportedly be used for tasks which don’t require extreme finesse like tightening lock screws, positioning the larger, exterior components in place or for polishing, certain tasks simply can’t be taken over by machines, at least not for now. Humans will still be used for a lot of activities, like quality control or the assembly of those internal hardware components which require extreme precision.”So, as it turns out, your next iPhone will not be made entirely by a robot. In fact, humans will likely always have at least a partial role in assembling iPhones and other devices. While a robot can be useful for completing repetitive, granular tasks, there are simply too many other challenging tasks that will require a human touch.
That’s good news for Foxconn workers.