According to a new report from the WSJ, that iPhone 5S in your pocket is the result of about 600 workers working on one of 100 assembly lines at a Foxconn plant in China. The figure includes 100 more laborers than would typically work on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C (still a pretty astounding figure at 500) thanks to the added complexity of Apple’s latest premium flagship device.
As Apple ramps up iPhone 5S orders in advance of the holidays, production has grown to 500,000 handsets per day as part of around the clock operations. Foxconn churns out new phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BGR points out that the number of iPhone 5S handset produced in a single day matches analyst estimates for the number of Moto X handsets sold by Google’s subsidiary over the entirety of the third quarter of 2013.
While the production and labor stats may be a bit hard to wrap your head around, here’s one thing that isn’t. The latest survey of Apple retail stores shows that efforts to increase iPhone 5S production are working. At last check, stock levels of Apple’s most popular mobile phone were nearly at 100 percent.