A Foxconn recruiting office is telling potential hires that the iPhone 5 is expected to go on sale in June, according to a Japanese broadcaster.
In a conversation recorded here by TV Tokyo and aired April 2, a Foxconn recruiter says the company needs to hire about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5.
"Because it seems it will go on sale in June," the recruiter says in response to a question about the iPhone 5, according to a Japanese translation of the original Chinese. (That conversation starts around the 7:10 mark.)
This wouldn't be the first time that a report points to a summer release of the next iPhone. A Januaryhinted at a summer release and a subsequent cited an analyst at Daiwa Securities.
The TV Tokyo broadcast was a broader report about Japan Display, a company formed by the merger of the display businesses of Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba. Japan's once-dominant flat-panel industry has been reeling from stiff competition from Korean and Chinese display manufacturers.
Google Translation of a summary of the TV Tokyo broadcast here.