Last October Apple revealed the new Mac Pro in greater detail at a Special Event. There we learned of their state of the art automated assembly plant in Texas. Today we’re learning through Apple’s supply chain in Taiwan that Apple is now planning to begin new a automated manufacturing process for iPhone batteries.
According to DigiTimes, Apple is pushing automated production once again. This time Apple is planning to have its iPhone batteries fully manufactured on robotic powered automated production lines later this year to reduce its manpower demand. The move is expected to trigger other brand vendors to follow suit, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
With automated production lines, Apple will be able to move manufacturing to wherever it likes in the future, though in the short term, they’re likely to keep such automated manufacturing in China where the iPhone is made.
Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing.
Via Patently Apple.