iPhone 5 Release Coming in June: Foxconn Recruiter
As hype around the new iPad dies down, the rumor mill surrounding the iPhone 5 kicks back into gear.Although Apple's latest version of the iPad is continuing to sell like hotcakes and draw headlines, attention has now shifted, in part, to the probable release date of the iPhone 5. Apple has historically released an updated version of the handset in Junethat is, until the release of the iPhone 4S in October 2011. If the comments from a recruiter with electronics manufacturing company Foxconn are any indication, Apple may be moving the release of the iPhone 5 back to a summer schedule. According to the Japanese technology blog Macotakara, which picked up on the comments when the recruiter was speaking to reporters on TV Tokyo's "World Business Satellite" program, Foxcomm is planning to hire 18,000 people to make the iPhone 5. "It will come out in June," the recruiter is reported to have said. While the iPhone 5 would actually be the sixth-generation version of the handset, a blog post on AppleInsider claimed the Chinese workers who build the phones refer to the upcoming handset as the iPhone 5. According to Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac's Jan. 25 report, the iPhone 5 will feature a bigger screen and a different casing from the iPhone 4. According to a "reliable source at Foxconn in China," the various prototypes circulating around that production facility share some common features, including a 4-plus-inch display and a casing that no longer follows the design aesthetics of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
A March report from Reuters claimed the next iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch Retina display and will launch in the second quarter of 2012. The news service drew that information from South Korean media, specifically the Maeil Business Newspaper, itself quoting an unnamed "industry source." Other rumors have suggested the next iPhone will support 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, something that seems more likely now that Apple's released an iPad with 4G support.