Foxconn Human Resources Chief Claims October Launch for iPhone 5

Proving that Foxconn employees, even those associated with worker hiring, aren't necessarily privy to information on launch schedules for Apple products, Kotaku reports on an article from Maeil Business Newspaper offering new claims on an iPhone 5 launch date. The report notes that the newspaper contacted the chief of human resources at Foxconn's facility in Taiyuan, China to ask about hiring and iPhone plans, with the employee disclosing that the company has just received an order from Apple for the iPhone 5 ahead of an expected launch date of "around October".

According to a recently published article, the paper asked the head of human resources at Foxconn's Taiyuan factory about the iPhone 5 release date. The human resources head apparently told the paper, "We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October."

The report comes just after a Foxconn recruiter at the same plant claimed last week that a hiring surge of roughly 18,000 workers is supporting production of the iPhone 5 for a June launch.

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As we noted in our earlier report, a September-October timeframe has seemed much more likely than a return to a mid-year launch, as Apple would likely prefer to maintain at least a one-year interval between product updates. Returning to a June-July launch for the next-generation iPhone would bring that interval down to only 8-9 months, a rather fast turnaround for the company that is still rolling out the iPhone 4S to new markets and carriers.

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HarryKeogh Avatar
159 months ago
iPhone 5? I think he means "the new iPhone".
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WannaSwitch Avatar
159 months ago
"Ex-Foxconn Human Resources Chief Claims October Launch for iPhone 5"

There, I fixed that for you :p
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macmastersam Avatar
159 months ago
great, now tell us what the iPhone 5 looks will look like, since you are making them.
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foodog Avatar
159 months ago
unless we know what it looks like, shut up and give us some info on the MBP/MBA thats due within the next 3 weeks!:mad:

It will have a 3" - 10" screen. Will have a single to quad core processor. It will be either a tapered or non tapered device. :)
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DrFu79 Avatar
159 months ago
yep, you have to be a prophet to think that a new iphone will launch at the end of the year. duh.
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sbrhwkp3 Avatar
159 months ago
Larger screen please. That's all I want.
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