Apple job ad sparks iPhone 5 August launch rumour

Although general consensus has it that Apple will launch the iPhone 5 in September, a job vacancy posted by job-seekers outfit Reed seems to have been enough to get the tech media in a flap.

Whilst Apple's notorious secrecy leads some pundits to grab at the flimsiest of straws when it comes to second-guessing the Cupertino company, we can't help thinking this one might be just a step too far.

Recruitment company Gekko placed the advert for an 'Apple iPhone Sales Specialist' at the company's Newcastle Upon Tune store, working five days a week on a temporary basis between August 16th and October 29th. They will also be required to attend a four day training course in London between the 9th and 12th of August.

47 hopefuls have already applied for the positions since they were put up yesterday, and they can expect to earn 75 quid a day for their labours.

The wording of the listing, spotted by eagle-eyed hacks at Pocket Gamer, suggests that several positions may be available at other stores and says that applicants must be available for the full duration of 'the campaign'.

It might all be hot air, though, as it wouldn't be beyond the realms of believability to suppose that Apple might let new workers have a month of practice selling the iPhone 4 before the 5 tips up.