Thousands of Chinese jobseekers queued in the rain outside the Foxconn plant in Chengdu yesterday, hoping to land a summer job building products that could include Apple’s next iPhone and maybe even the speculated iPad mini.

Chinese website MIC Gadget reports that the jobseekers arrived at the factory and queued for hours, armed with umbrellas to protect against the heavy downpour of rain, in order to try and get an interview. The report suggests that Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing partner, is aiming to employ a “large number” of summer workers, possibly to help with the iPad mini production process.

The report claims that Foxconn had one requirement that all applicants need to meet: all applicants must have good eyesight. The jobseekers also had to pay a registration fee of 150 Chinese yuan (about £15) to apply for the job.

Despite the fact that Apple hasn’t confirmed that it will be launching a smaller iPad, it remains one of the most talked about products of the year. The iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85in screen and will aim to compete with other smaller tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.

MIC Gadget also reports that the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou is looking for workers to help manufacture the iPhone 5. The report’s sources have claimed that the factory has already assembled five units of the sixth-generation iPhone during a night shift, as part of the “trial production stage.”

Foxconn is also planning to build a new billion-dollar factory in Indonesia, according to reports from Games Industry International. This plant could create 1 million jobs for the area. In a statement released on Tuesday, Foxconn said that it has chosen Indonesia because of its high rate of economic growth, and noted that the region is “sorely in need” of jobs.

Earlier this year, Foxconn and Apple were put under scrutiny following claims that the companies were mistreating their factory workers. However, these allegations don’t seem to put off the thousands of jobseekers desperate for a job at the plants.


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