Report: Korea Telecom to intro Apple’s 4G iPhone featuring OLED screen, live video chat in April

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“KT, an exclusive local partner of Apple to sell iPhone, plans to introduce an upgraded version of the device ― 4G iPhone ― to the domestic market in April at the earliest,” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times.

“‘We don’t see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. It’s possible to launch the devices within the first half,’ a high-ranking KT executive told The Korea Times, asking not to be identified,” Yoo-chul reports. “‘Still, there are some 3G iPhone stocks. But KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible,’ according to the executive.”

“4G iPhones will be equipped with organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens on surface and live video chat functionalities, while removable battery is highly likely,” Yoo-chul reports. “The new 4G iPhone is also going to be loaded with dual core processors and higher and powerful graphic chips that can deliver higher video resolutions and better ‘still’ images when taking pictures.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jake” for the heads up.]


  1. A replaceable battery would open the door to more battery greedy features like flash, autofocus, more powerful processors and bigger screens, and multiple apps running at the same time. Maybe Apple can’t afford to wait for battery technology to catch up to mobile industry needs. To offset this shorter lifespan per battery use, Apple should include the extra battery and double charger in the box with the new iPhone. Either way, I’ll bet Jobs was throwing a few chairs of his own, if he had to make that decision.

  2. @NCG598, “basic rehash”?

    Note that the report comes from the Korea Times, a staid pillar of the Korean MSM, operating far from the madding crowd of Western mac blogs,

    This account may be exaggerated according to Korea Telecom’s desire to forestall the local challenge of Samsung products, but it’s hardly recycled. The iPhone has been sold there for less that two months and 99% of the computers run windows. Basically no one cared about Apple at all until the iphone was launched in November.

  3. @ zmarc “replaceable battery”?

    Agreed this is unlikely. But some important background: even as we speak reams of anti-iphone FUD are being spewed by compliant media sources in Korea (hmm, could a newly-frightened Samsung be behind it?) focussing on the iphone’s presumed fatal weakness of the lack of a removable battery. So KT is appears to be responding with with wishful thinking to counter the trash talk.

    Other published accounts of the 4G in Korea speak of “a battery capacity of over twice that of the current model”, which strikes me as more plausible.

  4. I would welcome a removable battery, but I wouldn’t dare hope for one.

    As far as a front-facing camera is concerned, we get that rumor with every new revision.

    I don’t think these guys are in-the-know.

    It sounds like wishful thinking to me.

    Either way, whatever the new iPhone brings, it’s mine!

    I’m still rocking a first gen 2G that works great. I very nearly got a 3GS, but I decided to wait and hold out for a 64 GB model, which is due this time around if you believe the rumors, and if you look at history for a clue.

    I have a 60 GB 5th gen iPod, that is at full capacity and never gets use. Basically I’ve been keeping it around for nothing more than a backup of my music collection.

    I am eager to replace both my iPod and my iPhone with one device.

    Whatever new features they add, I will be happy to receive, but 64 GB capacity is the one that I am the most hopeful for. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. lol, they had me going until they said removable battery. Somehow I don’t think that’s very likely. Why would Apple do an about face on one of the very basic design premises of the iPhone, not to mention the entire MacBook line?

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