Apple fans might not have to wait long to get the next-generation iPhone.
A recruiter with Apple’s manufacturer Foxconn said in an interview with TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” broadcast Monday that the company is looking to hire 18,000 employees in support of the new iPhone, Mashable and other news organizations have reported.
The recruiter reportedly said the device will be released in June.
If the report is accurate, that would mean Apple would be unveiling another iteration of its iconic smartphone less than a year after introducing the iPhone 4S.
Apple’s protocol has consistently been to decline comment on such reports, many of which have proven to be inaccurate. Still, many industry and financial analysts who follow Apple expect the company to eventually release another iPhone that supports the 4G standard that wireless operators are adopting around the world: LTE.
Rumors have swirled for months concerning a release date of the “iPhone 5.” In fact, many analysts anticipated that Apple would release the next-generation iPhone in October. Instead, the California-based consumer electronics giant unveiled the “iPhone 4S,” representing an upgrade rather than an entirely different model that includes a voice-recognition technology called Siri.
The iPhone 4S has been a success with customers in the U.S. and abroad. Last month, sales of the device were strong in the U.S. and large international markets including Brazil, China and Russia, according to Canaccord Genuity in a recent report. In its quarter ending Dec. 31, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones worldwide.