Ad on U.K. employment site points to August 21st launch for the Apple iPhone 5

Ad on U.K. employment site points to August 21st launch for the Apple iPhone 5
Apple might have inadvertently given away a clue as to when the iPhone 5 will launch. The Cupertino based firm hired a U.K. company called Gekko Ltd. (no connection to Gordon, we are advised!) to help Apple find people willing to work as an "Apple iPhone Sales Specialist". Gekko placed ads on U.K. employment web site Reed seeking to fill the position.

The job would require working 5 days a week at various retail locations and would start August 16th through October 29th. Bolstering the sales staff so aggressively would seem to indicate that a big product launch is upcoming. Candidates must have "passion and keen interest in Apple products" according to the ad, and must provide a first-class customer service experience. Other traits required for the job include being target oriented and driven by sales and those applying must have previous experience in selling and promoting mobile phones.

Gekko apparently has worked with Apple before in finding employees for Apple shops within larger stores. Those hired will have to attend a four day training program in London and those hired will be making the equivalent of $120 USD a day.

As we reported yesterday, most analysts have been looking for an August/September launch for the Apple iPhone 5. Based on the starting date of the job, adding in the 4 days for training, and it would appear that in the U.K. at least, August 21st seems like a pretty good estimate of when to expect the launch of the next Apple iPhone.

source: CNET

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1. parv/singh/sachdeva unregistered

i wanted iphone 5 as my bday gift..but due to confussion hv been gifted iphone 4 :/

4. Jayd d unregistered

Oh like that is such a terrible thing -.-

12. 37minute unregistered

First World problems.

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I would wait for the iPhone 6. This really isn't worth the update from iPhone 4, especially when there is talk of Quad Cores ready by Sept/Oct this year and by the looks of things Apple is already 2-3 steps behind in hardware specs at the time of release...Maybe (fingers crossed) iOS will look different (maybe even with live wallpapers!!) by the release of the iPhone 6 too..

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Be careful! There are a few hardcore iOS fans around here that will not tolerate what your saying here. I think your opinions are completely rational, but wanting higher specs and live wallpaper could get you labeled an Android fanboy, or even worse...a Fandroid!!! You get a +1 from me because I agree. Live wallpaper would be killer on the iPhone along with a few other features but hey one step at a time.

6. Wat? unregistered

Who the hell needs Live Wallpapers?, that was probably one of the worst additions to an Android phone ever.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Rumors for iPhone 4 are dual core, 8 megapixel camera and it will most likely support HSPA + for AT&T and Tmo. Not sure how that makes it 2-3 steps behind. That's the same specs that all the high end phones are coming out with. There's still single core new phones as well.

10. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Step 1: NFC Step 2: Piddly VGA front camera Step 3: Still non-removable battery, so you have to find a sucker on ebay to buy your mobile after 2yrs because you only get 2hrs battery life on the lowest screen brightness setting. Step 4: Antenna that requires insulation from...the human hand, which is fine cuz all antennas do except this one is wrapped around the entire daym phone! Step 5: No Gorilla Glass Step 6: No MENU button Step 7: No GO BACK button I'll just leave it at that, while you catch up. :D

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhones resell for way more than any android phone. I've always sold my iPhone for about twice what I payed for it. vga camera is on the current iPhone which when it came out was one of the only phones that could do video calling antenna issue is blown out of proportion I have no reception issues on my VZW iPhone menu button? that' s a poor design by android I prefere minimal buttons back button is again poor desing by android there are rumors that it may have nfc, but even if it doesn't this year it most likely will next year You list the same tired arguments that fandroids list and you make no sense at all. The only one that holds any water is the antenna gate. Everything is else is simple preference and guess what more people prefer iPhone than any other phone. iPhone 4 which is over 1 year old outsells every new flavor of the month crapdroid that's released with it's buggy software and live wall paper.

15. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

How ignorant. 1) You a psychic? If not then how do you know iP5 won't have NFC? 2) Once again are you psychic, how do you know the iP5 won't have a higher res FFC? 3) The iPhone has superb battery life. If you have a problem with battery life, get it replaced at an Apple store (Have heard wayyy better battery gripes than this one) 4) ONCE AGAIN! Are you psychic???? How do you know they WONT fix that? 5) Ughh, see 1,2, & 4 6) & 7) This really makes it outdated? Try again. It seems that your gripes are with the iP4. In case you missed it this is about the iP5 that has yet to be released so unless you've seen it (which I highly doubt.) Not only that but back when the iPhone 4 was released, how many other phones had NFC, and a FFC with a better resolution than VGA??

16. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Dual core isn't even optimized for Android smartphones yet. What's the rush for quad core? The true meaning of having your cake, but not being able to eat it I suppose.

5. oldfash33

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Cool that you got the 4. When the next one comes grab that one as well.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

August in Europe could mean soon in us


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

if i tell my friend there looking for straight up isheep to sale for apple, he will probably quit his job and fly out there tonight!!!!!!!!!

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How's your copycat phone working out? I guess if you can't have an iPhone may as well get the next best thing...

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