iPhone5 may release mid-August

Jul 14, 2011 by Katie Gatto report

A job posting put on an employment website targeted towards job seekers in the United Kingdom, Reed, has stirred rumors that the iPhone 5 could be released earlier than the tech community had originally thought. The iPhone, which was expected to be released in September of this year, may actually come out a little bit earlier than expected, in mid-August.

The job posting that started this rumor is in search of "full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project to work 5 days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) for the period 16th August - 29th October within key ". The post, which was put out by Gekko Ltd a staffing firm in the UK, shows up several different sections of the site, with each one for a different area of Great Britain. Gekko has previously been employed to do retail hiring for Apple in the past, though it has mostly been in the Apple sections of larger stores and not in the actual themselves.

The posting implies that Apple believes that they will have a need for more sales staff during this period, which some people have taken to mean that they have a big launch on tap for that week.

Of course, since this is all speculation and is not big on giving out information about the release of products before the day of the launch only time will tell if the speculation is true or not and an August launch would be a welcome surprise for end users that have been salivating over the idea of a 5 for months.

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bhiestand
not rated yet Jul 14, 2011
Great Britton?
sherriffwoody
4.9 / 5 (9) Jul 14, 2011
put this in a sales section, not a science news site
tigger
5 / 5 (1) Jul 15, 2011
Consume consume consume. Your old phone that works perfectly well is useless. You're supporting so many peoples lives by consuming... it makes so much sense! Don't think about it any further than that... just go and get one :-)
J-n
3 / 5 (2) Jul 15, 2011
welcome surprise for end users that have been salivating over the idea of a iPhone 5 for months.


Really? The iphone4 was released in late june of last year right? That means that Apple customers expect their phones to last less than a year?! WOW.

I am by no means a Luddite (I work in IT) but i've had my current cellphone for over 5 years.

I wish I had the cash to buy a new phone every few months. Then again i'd probably use it for something that supports American jobs.
HTK
not rated yet Jul 17, 2011
J-n... LOL

you have no idea of the mobile phone industries do you...

Nuff said.
nicknoname
not rated yet Jul 18, 2011
Think i'll wait for iPhone7 and iPad4
KaiKonn
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
I heard that the iPhone 23567 V2 will be released sometime 2013. I thik I'll just wait for that one. Then again, I do need to replace my old and tattered iPhone 4 (which I got three months ago).
MP3Car
not rated yet Jul 28, 2011
Just b/c the hire date is mid august, that doesn't mean that's when the phone is going to be released! People need training, etc... It makes sense to me that they would be hired ahead of time, and gain expirience and knowledge over the period of a coupl of weeks.

Regarding replacing a perfectly good phone... Some people are rougher on their phones than others, and/or use them more frequently (lending to higher likelihood of damage). Of course you can point the finger to poor design/manufacturing, but things happen... My wife's iPhone 3GS has the following problems; no wifi unless you're 2 feet from the access point, ear piece speaker doesn't work, battery lasts probably half the time it did when new. In my case, I accidentally left mine in my car earlier this month, which seems to have cooked it. My point being, not everyone has a perfectly working phone, and thus needs a replacement. If I have to spend $200 every two years on a new phone, I'd rather it be on newer tech...
J-n
not rated yet Jul 28, 2011
My point being, not everyone has a perfectly working phone, and thus needs a replacement. If I have to spend $200 every two years on a new phone, I'd rather it be on newer tech...


It just really seems that spending 200$ for a phone every year or so, because the manufacturing quality of the phone brand you're purchasing dictates a replacement that often, seems a bit.. well.. wasteful?

bhiestand
not rated yet Jul 28, 2011
I'm amazed this is still being discussed...

J-n, your initial post assumed that just because an iPhone 5 is coming out, all iPhone 4 users are expected to upgrade. This is a bit like saying Ford shouldn't come out with a new Focus every year because it's expensive to upgrade.

iPhone 4 customers aren't the primary target... there are still a lot of iPhone 1/2/3 phones out there, as well as the ~65% of people who don't have smart phones. I have a friend with the original model who is waiting on the 5. A smartphone lasting ~4 years or more is acceptable to most people (it still works).

Each new model has, so far, been incrementally better than the last. Some people will buy it because they broke their old one, but most will buy it because they feel it's a sufficient improvement over whatever they currently have to justify the cost.