iPhone 5: Apple hiring extra staff in August and September

Mid-August iPhone launch?

US staff being hired at same time as extra UK workers.

Apple is looking to hire extra US staff between 15 August and 15 September, suggesting the company is plotting a major launch for the middle of next month. The insider info, snagged by MacRumors, follows the recent discovery that Apple is hiring more UK-based staff from the 16 August.

Of course, this could just be because Cupertino is giving added attention to students heading back to university in the autumn. But where’s the fun in that? Chatter about an August iPhone 5 release has really ramped in recent weeks and it’s hard to deny that Apple’s recruitment drive isn’t related to the introduction of its next-gen blower.

The iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of rampant speculation, with talk of a slight redesign, improved camera and NFC tech. Hopefully all will be revealed in the next few weeks.

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