According to a member of staff at Chinese producer Foxconn, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is being readied for production ahead of a May launch.
The insider claims that several special models and designs are ready at the place and the Cupertino company is believed to be pondering over which should be the final version.
The rumors also say that the device will sport a 4-inch display that will be prepared by LG.
Foxconn, Apple’s major product Chinese manufacturer, is hiring tons of Chinese workers amid rumors that iPhone 5 production is starting. According to M.I.C Gadget, thousands of people lined up last Monday outside a labor agency in Zhengzhou, China, in the hope of getting hired by Foxconn.
According to reports, Foxconn plans to expand its workforce with another 100,000 workers. The starting salary is estimated at 1650 Yuan ($261) and after an appraisal it could increase from 2400 to 3200 Yuan (or $379 to $506).
Foxconn is expected to be readying for production of the iPhone 5, rumored to be released this year.
Consumer watchdog group SumOfUs posted a petition online, asking Apple to “make the iPhone 5 ethically” and “overhaul the way its suppliers treat their workers” before the iPhone 5 is released.
More than 35,000 people signed the petition in the first 24 hours it was available, according to SumOfUs.
The petition reads: “Can Apple do this? Absolutely. According to an anonymous Apple executive quoted in The New York Times, all Apple has to do is demand it, and it’ll happen.”
Last week, The New York Times reported about the extreme working conditions from Apple’s overseas manufacturers, triggering questions on whether the Cupertino giant is looking solely for profit.
The NFC is used in payment terminals and is precisely designed for use on mobile phones. The iPhone 5 could mark Apple’s entry in this specific segment.
Fast Company interviewed Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard’s head of emerging payments, sparking speculation on the technical specifications of the next iPhone.
McLaughlin said Apple was very interested in the integration of NFC technology in its next smartphone models, an allusion concerning especially the iPhone 5, which is entering production phase these days.
In addition, tech site 9to5Mac discussed this issue with a “well-connected developer” currently working on designing an app compatible with NFC.
The developer, whose identity was not revealed, is cited as saying that Apple software engineers are “heavy into NFC.”
Today’s Apple rumor claims that the keynote presentation of the iPhone 5 could take place at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) to be held this year in June.
According to Daiwa Securities, an Asian financial services firm, Japan’s second largest securities brokerage, as quoted by the Commercial Times, Apple might go back to basics and use the Moscone Center to present its new iPhone at this conference.
The site also provides a screenshot of the leaked calendar from San Francisco’s Moscone Center, hinting that the event could take place between June 10 and June 15.
In addition, the blog MacOtakara announces that the iPad 3 will be unveiled in March during a presentation organized by Apple.
Citing a “well-placed” source within one of the top British independent phone retailers, todaysiphone.com wrote that Apple and Samsung could use the advantages of the Liquipel technology to make future smartphones completely waterproof.
Both smartphones could receive this treatment which would cover both the outer shells of the devices, as well as their internal components.
The company that created the technology posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.
The latest rumor on the iPhone 5 release date is that Apple’s highly-anticipated device will be launched in June.
Other rumors claim the handset could be unveiled in October to commemorate the death of Steve Jobs, and the list goes on.
HERE is a recap of the rumors in 2011 and 2012 on the iPhone 5 release date.