A new report sourced from a random Foxconn employee is suggesting that the iPhone 5 could pop up as early as June. The report comes from Macotakara who have spotted on TV Tokyo that Foxconn, the company that Apple contracts to assemble iOS devices, are apparently recruiting up to 18,000 new works with a view to getting the iPhone 5 assembled and ready for a June launch.
There have been rumors in the past suggesting that Apple would be deviating from their minimum year long interval between iPhone releases to release an iPhone 5 in June, but coming so soon after the release of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, is it likely that the company would release a new iPhone only 8 months after the release of the last one.
In addition, the challenges of increasing a workforce by 18,000, getting those workers in, training them adequately and producing enough devices for a June launch are fairly substantial. The recruitment of 18,000 new workers may be true enough, but do we really see a June iPhone 5 launch?
While a June release of iPhone 5 (read: new iPhone) would be desirable, isn’t it more likely that Apple would aim for a developer preview of iOS 6 announced at the WorldWide Developer Conference to be held in June and then a launch of a new device in October?
Or is that too ‘predictable’?