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Foxconn Exec Clarifies Production for iPhone 5 Release

Last week a Foxconn recruiter reportedly said the iPhone 5 will go on sale in June. The comment arrived after a reporter for WBS News noted that the company just recently hired on 18,000 people at its Taiyuan factory. That said, it seemed as if Apple was getting back on track with its yearly June/July release schedule.

But South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper is reporting a different release date. In a phone conversation with the paper, the head of human resources at Foxconn's Taiyuan factory admitted that the company just received the order for Apple's iPhone, seemingly verifying the recent need for an additional 18,000 workers. But then the Foxconn exec said the phone won't actually be released until October.

"Yes, it's true we are hiring a large number of workers," the human resources head told the paper, confirming the previous report supplied by WBS News. The exec then revealed the October release date.

If the report is true, then Apple plans to stick with the yearly October release kick-started by the iPhone 4S last year. However the original iPhone went retail on June 29, 2007, and continued the release pattern until late last year. The iPhone 3G arrived on July 11, 2008; the iPhone 3GS on June 19, 2009; and the iPhone 4 (GSM only) on June 24, 2010.

In 2011, Apple actually saw three iPhone releases: the black CDMA version of the iPhone 4 on February 10, 2011, the white GSM/CDMA version on April 28, 2011, and then the iPhone 4S on October 14, 2011. Let's also not forget the release of Apple's iPad 2, rounding out a very busy year.

For all we know, Apple may still surprise everyone and launch the iPhone 5 in June. For a while, rumors pointed to an October 2011 alongside the iPhone 4S, but obviously that didn't happen. But at this point, the release is a guessing game based on rumors and speculation, giving us something to do on a slow news day.

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • I would expect a Sept/Oct iPhone release and early 2013 iPad release.
  • cookoy
    More likely October as June/July doesn't give them much time to build up stocks, do quality checks, package and ship them.
  • SinisterSalad
    Who cares.
  • seels
    SinisterSaladWho cares.
    Who cares??? This is the single greatest device to ever revolutionize human lives. My iPhone, iPad, and Mac's represent revolutionary, magical devices that will be a permanent fixture in mine and my families homes forever. This is the only news worth reporting on instead of the garbage that comes from Microsoft, Sony, or any Android device. Android is just an incomplete, poor attempt to copy iOS anyway. Buy Apple and you buy the best.
  • Wow - seels need treatment before he is declared clinically insane!
  • @t seel. i like ya trolling
  • killabanks
    i hate ios for its simplicity and lack of features... but my next phone might be an iphone solely based on the fact that people still want it years after it debuts for large amounts of money,,,, how much can i get for my galaxy s? $150 iphone 4?
  • house70
    seelsBlah, blah, look at me trolling.LOL at troll.
  • eddieroolz
    June seens too close, so I'd bet on October.
  • applegetsmelaid
    More iCrack please.