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Job posting suggests mid-August iPhone 5 launch

For months, we’ve been hearing that Apple plans to release the next iPhone model sometime in September. The closest we’ve gotten to an actual date is “late September,” which came via the Wall Street Journal. Until now.

CNet UK uncovered an Apple job posting for a seasonal “iPhone sales specialist,” which appeared multiple times on UK employment site Reed, each posting targeting a different area.

“Our client, Apple, one of the largest consumer electronic hardware and software companies in the world are seeking full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project to work 5 days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) for the period 16th August – 29th October within key retail stores,” reads the post.

The key info here is the start date: August 16. There seems little reason for Apple to be bolstering its Genius crew in such a concerted way, especially for a temporary worker with special iPhone-selling powers, if the company doesn’t have a launch of some kind (i.e. iPhone 5) up its sleeve. And despite the rumored September launch, mid-August would still fall in line with a third quarter 2011 launch that has appeared in multiple reports about the new iPhone.

Other important qualifications for the job include “passion and keen interest in Apple products,” enthusiasm and reliability, and “exceptional communication skills.” Those lucky enough to score a job with Apple must attend a “4 day training event” in London from August 9 through 12.

The iPhone 5 is said to be thinner and lighter with a significant redesign from the iPhone 4. (Though some reports say that it will look almost identical to the iPhone 4, but this seems increasingly unlikely.) The next-generation iPhone will also likely include an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, the faster A5 processor and possibly and edge-to-edge screen.

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