Foxconn Recruiter: We’re ‘Hiring’ for June Release of iPhone 5

According to a report today from CNET, a Foxconn official is telling prospective employees that the iPhone could drop in June.

A Foxconn recruiting office is telling potential hires that the iPhone 5 is expected to go on sale in June, according to a Japanese broadcaster. In a conversation recorded here by TV Tokyo and aired April 2, a Foxconn recruiter says the company needs to hire about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5.

Although this is just a rumor for now, history suggests that a June launch could be a strong possibility.

The iPhone 4 was officially released on June 15, 2010 and their popular handset line is due to for refresh in the near future.  Instead of overhauling the phone completely, Apple already upgraded the processor / camera and introduced it as the iPhone 4S.

Even though the iPhone 4S has been extremely successful, the handset is only slightly different than the previous generation iPhone 4.  It makes sense that Apple would look to launch an entirely new handset in order to keep pace with their competitors.

Apple’s ($AAPL) iPhone remains the best selling smartphone in the US, though it is losing some marketshare to Android ($GOOG) and other rivals.


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