In a recent post at Macotakara Blog, it was reported that Foxconn is now hiring production workers for the iPhone 5. The report suggests that Foxconn is hiring 18,000 workers, and that the next iPhone will be sold in June. This contradicts other reports that Apple would continue to follow a fall release schedule for the iPhone, like the iPhone 4S last year.
Here is the loosely translated post from Makotakara Blog:
Foxconn told iPhone 5 comes June.
In Japanese major business news “World Business Satellite (WBS)” via TV-Tokyo had a program of “Launching the Rising-Sun Display company”, Foxconn answered the reason for 18,000 hireling, “This (large hireling) is for iPhone 5 which will be sold in June”.
A June release for the iPhone 5 doesn’t really make sense to me. It seems like Apple has settled in to a release schedule that makes financial sense to the company. iPad in the spring, Macs in the summer, and iPhone/iPod in the fall. It Apple were to release a new iPhone this summer, it may upset some current adopters of the iPhone 4S, which has only been out for a few months.