Apple Rumors: Next Gen iPhone Coming in June and Redesigned iMac with Anti-Reflective Glass Soon

Submitted by lalit on April 3, 2012 - 8:23am.

A Foxconn recruiter in Taiyuan, China told TV Tokyo that the company is hiring new workers for production of fifth generation iPhone (video here). The talk between a woman from TV Tokyo and the recruiter went as follows:

"We're looking for 18,000 employees…for the fifth-generation phone," he said.

"Is that because demand is high for the iPhone 5?" she asked.

"That's right. It will come out in June."

A labor recruiter at Foxconn is a very low level position, hence it’s very unlikely that he was told about iPhone 5 production plans. However, recruiters do know for what product, like iPhone or other smartphone, they are hiring people (they might not know model 4S or 5). So it’s likely that the recruiter added his two cents, as Foxconn is hiring 18,000 new workers for a single device and that kind of hiring only happens for a new iPhone like product launch.

Also, if they started hiring by end of March that would mean Foxconn and Apple want to start production very soon. A new hire starts working within 1-3 weeks on their assigned product, so production of whatever Foxconn wants to shipping in large volume will start by mid or end of April, indicating a launch within 3 months. For example, Foxconn started production of the new iPad in early January and it was launched on 7th March.

We don’t know for sure that the product, which Foxconn is aiming to ship in June is next generation iPhone, but only iPhone and iPad are the products that would require such large workforce to built millions before launch. And Apple just launched the new iPad.

In other Apple related rumor, DigiTimes is claiming that Apple will launch a redesigned iMac with slimmer profile and anti-reflective display. The website cited industry sources that claimed “G-Tech (a company supplying cover glass for Apple computers) is also expected to supply AR (anti-reflective) glass solutions for Apple's all-in-one (AIO) PCs with the new products to also serve as a growth driver for G-Tech.”

We have been hearing that Apple has been looking at anti-reflective displays for quite sometime, as reflection is one of the biggest complain the company receives for their products. Apple wants to retain the colors and black levels glossy screens deliver, while brining the anti-reflective properties of matte display without decrease in contrast and color intensity.

We seriously hope that not only iMac but the new MacBook Pros and other upcoming Apple devices also get the anti-reflective display.