An Asian news source is reporting that a Foxconn recruit has admitted that Apple’s top assembler is hiring thousands of new workers at its iPhone facility ”Because it seems [the iPhone 5] will go on sale in June.”
A new report has emerged today out of Asia that further supports the theory that Foxconn’s recent dash to hire thousands of new workers for its iPhone assembly plant is in response to a planned June iPhone 5 release. The news came by way of Japan-based Macotakara, who is reporting that Foxconn HR recruiters are telling prospective applicants that the reason for such a sudden push for new workers is indeed to be prepared for intense production of the iPhone 5 leading up to a June release.
CNET reports: “In a conversation recorded . . . 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.”
Is this yet another compelling piece of evidence that the iPhone 5 is in fact nearing full-production for a June release date?
It most certainly adds to a myriad of recent reports that point to a major increase in components production for a new iPhone, as well as preparations to assemble it. In addition, Tim Cook’s surprise visit to China, as well as Apple’s aggressive push to standardize their new nano sim design would also suggest that iPhone 5 production plans have intensified.
At the same time, Foxconn recruiters are not necessarily made privy to the release date of the next iPhone. They most likely have similar access to information as a manager at an AT&T or Verizon Wireless store would have, with directives coming down from the corporate office to begin hiring and staffing for something big, without being told explicitly what that “big” thing is.
But when it comes to Foxconn recruiters getting directives to hire thousands of workers quickly, the assumption is easily made that it relates to the iPhone 5, and this recruiter’s assumption is probably based on past experience and more actionable information than anyone in the rumor mill has access to.
For as much as this rumor may seem to speculative to corroborate, Asian-based tech media sources should be able to deduce further evidence that this hiring push is for the iPhone 5, based on how Foxconn’s facilities and workers behave over the next two months. If a troupe of new staffers make their way into the iPhone plant, live sequestered in their dorms, and are kept under strict security — hence creating a kind of “black hole” of information surrounding what they are working on — it will become even clearer that a June iPhone 5 release is imminent.
By Michael Nace