“SK Telecom and KT are in talks to offer long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity on Apple’s next handset, tentatively named the iPhone 5, officials from the companies said Wednesday,” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times.

“The new iPhone should feature fourth-generation (4G) LTE support, which will put more of a strain on the battery than the current iPhone 4S’s third-generation (3G) capabilities,” Kim reports. “It’s widely expected that the new smartphone’s arrival will be announced on Sept. 12 and launched on Sept. 21.”

Kim reports, “The negotiations come as the nation’s three carriers are heavily promoting LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets as the 4G telecommunication technology is seeing an impressive uptake, here. That means Apple is the key either to revitalizing the local LTE market or to slow momentum.”

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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]