According to a claim by the The Korea Times, unnamed sources at KT, the exclusive provider of the iPhone in South Korea, have alleged that the next-generation (4G) iPhone will include a dual-core processor, improved graphics, video chat, an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display and a removable battery, introduced as soon as April for corporate clients.The report is not the first time this epic wish list of iPhone features have been tossed around, although KT carries some built-in credibility as Apple's Korean iPhone supplier and South Korea’s second largest mobile phone carrier.
"Talks over initial sales have reportedly been under way at KT, which plans to sell the fourth-generation device to corporate clients in April as a "litmus test." AppleInsider reports. "Local distributors would allegedly receive the new device in June, which would represent the typical timeframe for an iPhone launch."
The sketchy Korea Times report indicates that video chat and a removable battery are "highly likely", which should reignite a frenzy of interest since both features were rumored to appear at the launch of iPhone 3GS, but never did.
There's little doubt that Apple's fourth-generation iPhone will move millions of units should even half of the features supposedly mentioned by a "high ranking KT executive" appear by June. The fact that Apple MacBook upgrades now feature sealed-batteries in their unibody construction, makes the idea of a removable iPhone battery questionable. But certainly not impossible."KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible," according to the executive. More tech-oriented features will be added to the models," a representative of Apple’s South Korean office said." Source: TKT
The truth is out there. I want to believe.
[iChat iPhone mock-up by Rodolphe Desmare]