Foxconn Recruiter Claims Hiring Spree Boosting Production for June iPhone 5 Launch

Mac Otakara points to a news report [Google translation] from TV Tokyo's World Business Satellite in which a Foxconn recruiter claims that the company is hiring 18,000 new workers to support production of the iPhone 5. According to the recruiter, the device is planned to launch in June.

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TV Tokyo reporter talking to Foxconn reporter

The exchange took place at Foxconn's plant in the suburbs of Taiyuan, China, where 80,000 workers are already employed. The brief clip of the reporter talking to the Foxconn recruiter appears just over seven minutes into the news segment.


It appears unlikely that a recruiter would be specifically provided with information on Apple's device launch plans, although knowing something of Foxconn's hiring goals and targeted job needs could offer them insight into the production roadmap.

While there have been a few reports indicating that Apple could return to its mid-year launch timeframe with the next-generation iPhone, many observers believe that an interval of just 8-9 months from the iPhone 4S debut is too short for Apple's liking and development cycle. Consequently, a repeat of the later September-October timeframe as occurred last year has been seen as the most likely scenario for a 2012 iPhone launch.

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Top Rated Comments

Intarweb Avatar
158 months ago
The hiring spree is to make up the hours lost that they were forced to cut from workers over-time.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5aga Avatar
158 months ago
a June release would be nice.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brad9893 Avatar
158 months ago
Shouldn't it be the "new iPhone"?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDisk Avatar
158 months ago
Easy Rumor Bust

Its simple, if a iOS 6 beta gets released sometime this month to the public, then the next gen iPhone could be expected at WWDC.

If iOS 6 is released at WWDC or around that time, then expect the fall release.

Apple not Foxconn will signal when the next iPhone will launch.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallGuy1970 Avatar
158 months ago
June! June! June! June!

I have no information to support this. I just hope it's true! :D
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tinyluph Avatar
158 months ago
they need to launch the 5 w/ LTE already

after the lukewarm update that was the 4S

June would push them even further ahead of the competition

The lukewarm update that achieved record sales? ;)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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