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Foxconn recruiter says 2012 iPhone coming in June

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Mon April 2, 2012

Foxconn Taiyuan slips iPhone plans

A recruiter for Foxconn's growing Taiyuan plant may have inadvertently spoiled some of Appe's 2012 iPhone plans. When interviewing with TV-Tokyo [past 6-minute mark], the staffer said the plant was explicitly hiring 18,000 workers "for the fifth-generation phone." He expected the phone to come out in June.

As a recruiter and not a direct product overseer, the Foxconn worker's knowledge of what would be happening isn't certain. If accurate, he may only know enough for a recruiting drive and may not have the full picture. The phone may only be shipping or starting production in June, which could put a launch weeks or months later.

The interview could still be a sign that Apple won't wait until fall for its next revision and that the October release of the iPhone 4S was a singular exception rather than starting a new pattern. Based on new iPad components, many now anticipate Apple jumping to LTE support. It might also get an A6 processor that wasn't ready in time for the new iPad. Conflicting rumors have left debate open as to whether or not there will be a larger screen. [via Macotakara]



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  1. macnnoel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

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    this would be great

    but it's too soon...

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +6

    I call buIIshit

    I know I'll sound like a broken record, but I'll happily say it again:

    The fifth-generation iPhone is already here. It's called the iPhone 4S, and that's the 5th generation. The last one was named iPhone 4, because it was the 4th generation.

    This is also why it completely baffles me that so many people are still talking about the "upcoming iPhone 5". There will be no iPhone 5. For the reasons above and because of the fact that Apple seemingly lost its interest in numbering schemes. Hence the "new iPad", instead of "iPad 3". The new iPhone, whenever it arrives, will most likely also be called just that: "the new iPhone".

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    I think I will skip the next...

    new iPhone and waiting for the new new new and new iPhone.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    @coffeetime

    You're a fool if you do that. Wait for the one AFTER that - *that* one will be the bomb! :)

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

    +4

    Foxconn recruiter

    Aaaaaaand yer fired.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: I call buIIshit

    Wow, who knew. You can say bullshit in titles. But not text? We'll see

    The fifth-generation iPhone is already here. It's called the iPhone 4S, and that's the 5th generation. The last one was named iPhone 4, because it was the 4th generation.

    It doesn't matter what YOU call it, or even what Apple call's it. It just matters what this guy calls it, since he's the one talking. If he thinks of it as the fifth-generation, then that'll be what it's called.

    And, it can just as easily be argued that the iPhone 4S is actually still part of the 3rd generation of iPhone (iphone, iPhone 3/3G, iPhone 4/4S). Apparently Apple didn't deem the 4S to be so significantly different than the iPhone 4 to warrant a new number.

    And if you don't buy that, then I can easily argue that the iPhone 3/3G were so similar that the 3G doesn't deserve a new generation number (sort of how some start yelling that ATT's 4G isn't 4G but 3G+, it's all in the definition!).

    This is also why it completely baffles me that so many people are still talking about the "upcoming iPhone 5". There will be no iPhone 5.

    Um, for the same reason people will still call the stupidly named 'new iPad' the iPad 3. Because people know what it is and will call it that way. People don't give a rat's a** what a company calls a product. The company does, as will some pedantic people. But 99% of the population would know what you're talking about if you said iPad 3. And if you said "Hey, did you get a new iPad", I wouldn't be surprised if they came back and said "You mean an ipad 3? You bet I did!".

    BTW, there's people who call the iPod Touch the iTouch. It's just what people do.

    For the reasons above and because of the fact that Apple seemingly lost its interest in numbering schemes. Hence the "new iPad", instead of "iPad 3". The new iPhone, whenever it arrives, will most likely also be called just that: "the new iPhone".

    Just what we need, more stupid naming conventions from Apple. Following the Mac's stellar "MacBookPro April 2011 edition" naming scheme now, are we. At some point Apple will have to give it a different name, which means I can't say "I've got a new iPad" it'll be iPad 3 or iPad 2012.

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