OK, it's not a plant manager. It's not even an assembly line employee. It's a recruiter at the Foxconn factory gate.
That being said, it's a recruiter at a Foxconn factory gate — you know, where they make Apple products.
There have been rumours swirling around the inevitable iPhone 5 — namely, that Foxconn is now going on a hiring spree. As the International Business Times pointed out, this is fuelling rumours that Apple is planning on a June release for the iPhone 5.
In a report on Japanese display makers, WBS News visited China's Taiyuan, noting, like previous reports, Foxconn is hiring up.
Foxconn recently purchased a large stake in Sharp, which is already an Apple supplier.
When a WBS reporter asked a recruiter at Foxconn's Taiyuan factory about all the help wanted ads, he replied, "Now, we're recruiting 18,000 people to make the Apple iPhone 5."
The reporter noted that was a lot of people to which the recruiter replied, "That's because it seems like it will go on sale around June."
The interview was conducted from a distance, and it doesn't look like the recruiter knew he was on camera and his reply is hardly rock solid.
Apple usually releases its iPhone hardware in either June or the fall: the iPhone 3G went on sale in a November; the iPhone 3GS dropped in a June; the iPhone 4 launched in a June; and the iPhone 4S was released in an October. So we'll know this June if the iPhone 5 is indeed coming out — or maybe, we'll know soon.