Apple is taking on new staff for its retail network in the US in August and September, it has emerged, adding weight to speculation that the iPhone 5 will drop soon.
According to MacRumours, the Cupertino-based company is hiring the staff between August 15th and September 15th – presumably to cope with the now all-too-familiar crowds that greet the release of every new bit of iKit.
The news ties in with earlier reports that Apple is seeking worker bees for its Blighty outlets too, who’ll be taken on from August 16th.
Apple had been expected to launch the iPhone 5 back in June, but opted to delay its release for reasons that have yet to become apparent.
Since then, a welter of supply chain sources since have named September as the new date, giving Apple a clear tilt at the Christmas market.
Specifications for the next-gen phone are anyone’s guess right now. However, if the online rumour mill can be believed, we can look forward to a smaller and lighter model than ever before.
The smartphone is also purported to feature a much-improved eight megapixel camera – up from iPhone 4’s five megapixel number – and NFC support to allow owners to pay for low ticket items using their handsets.