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Apple iPhone 5 to be released in June?

This year has been hailed by some as a massive year for the smartphone market. After some of the hugely popular devices last year, 2012 has had a lot to live up to.

But so far, we’re yet to see the big hitters materialise. The Samsung Galaxy S3, which many had expected by now, has been non-existent, except in the tech world rumour mill.

Of course, there are some other very impressive smartphones to keep us going in the meantime. The new HTC One X, for example, looks set to take the market by storm.

But one device we won’t be seeing for some time still is the next-gen iPhone. The iPhone 4S is still selling incredibly well, despite the mixed reviews it received upon its release.

Apple’s history would suggest that it will be doing nothing until the iPhone 4S has had a year on the shelves. But the latest rumours doing the rounds suggest otherwise.

Early release for the Apple iPhone 5?

According to a Foxconn recruiter, the iPhone 5 will be ready as early as June this year – just two months’ time. It’s a tantalising thought, but one the tech world is taking with a rather large pinch of salt.

Appearing in a report by a Japanese broadcaster, the Foxconn recruiter, who is involved in a recruitment drive at Apple’s Chinese factories, said the mass hiring is down to the fact that the iPhone 5 is shipping early.

The recruiter said around 18,000 more staff are needed to put together the iPhone 5 because it will go on sale in June.

True or false?

The short, simple answer is false. Aside from the fact that the iPhone 4S shows no sign of slowing down in terms of sales, it’s unlikely a recruiter would have access to that kind of knowledge.

So hold off on the excitement for now, it’s going to be a little while until we know what Apple has planned to combat the competition from HTC and Samsung.