Apple has always separated the launch of new iPhone models by at least a year or so, but that could change if a new rumor from Macotakara proves to be true. The Japanese hit-and-miss publication has relayed an interview between an official in Apple’s supply chain and a Tokyo TV program called World Business Satellite. The Foxconn recruiter revealed to the television show that the manufacturing company is currently hiring a substantial amount of workers ahead of a new iPhone that he says is coming in June.
“We’re looking for 18,000 employees…for the fifth-generation phone,” said the Foxconn recruiter. “Is that because demand is high for the ‘iPhone 5?’” asked the TV reporter. “That’s right. It will come out in June.”
While we will continue to take this news lightly, a June release could mean that Apple might take the stage at WWDC 2012 to launch its next-generation iPhone. This would match up with Apple’s historic product launches, as the company has used WWDC in the past as its platform for launching the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Since the iPhone 4S debuted last year on October 4, however, it would only be eight months between the release of that handset and the next-generation iPhone.
Apple’s next iPhone is expected to retain its 3.5-inch display, but is rumored to be thinner with LTE networking. This would mark the first major redesign of the iPhone in nearly two years, since the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S share the same design. When do you think the next iPhone will launch?