iPhone 5 Manufacturer ‘Just Got Order’ Ahead of 2012 Release Date

A new report out of South Korea puts a damper on earlier suggestions that Apple‘s next-generation iPhone will go on sale in June.

it’s doubtful you’ll hear any announcement about the iPhone 5 or whatever the device will be called at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The head of human resources at one of Foxconn’s factories in China says consumers and business users alike will once again have to wait until the fall to get their hands on the newest version of the iconic device. "We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October," the HR rep told South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper, as translated by Kotaku. He further acknowledged that his plant is "hiring a large number of workers."

News of an October release date counters what a Foxconn employment recruiter said last week, citing a June release. Apple, as usual, remains mum. The company released the iPhone 4S last October the first time it’s done a post-summer release since the original iPhone came out in 2007.

Speculation about the device surrounds some key specs: a rumored overhaul of the traditional design; the potential of 4G LTE capability; and more.

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