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April 7, 2012

Apple Supplier Hints at iPhone 5 Release in June, 2012

Foxconn Hints at IPhone 5 Release in June : "Foxconn is in the process of massive scaling of their operations to  prepare its staff to prepare for the iPhone 5, suggesting the device may hit stores sooner than analysts think.

The Chinese factory plans to hire 18,000 new employees to produce Apple's new handset, according to TV-Tokyo. The station interviewed a Foxconn recruiter who said the workers will be focusing on the new iPhone, which he expected will launch in June."More than one sources indicate that Apple's supplier, Foxconn is looking to scale up drastically.ccording to a report in CNet, a Foxconn recruiter told a Japanese broadcaster that "the company needs to hire about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5 because it seems it will go on sale in June."

While it's unclear if this latest rumor can be trusted, previous reports also said Apple would release the iPhone 5 in June. In March, Reuters reported that Apple plans to unveil the next iPhone "around the second quarter" of 2012. While this report would mean a release in June or July, it did contradict an earlier report from Japanese blog Macotakara, which believed, citing inside sources from the supply chain, Apple would release the iPhone 5 in September or October, effectively abandoning mid-year iPhone launches for a 11-month upgrade cycle starting in the fall.

Apple launched the iPhone 4S in October of last year and the release of a new device any earlier in this fall would likely be too close for comfort for the company. Launching a new handset less than a year after the iPhone 4