CES 2010 has barely shuttered its doors for the year and we’re already seeing next-generation iPhone rumors coming to light. According to a report citing comments from South Korea’s KT execs, Apple’s upcoming iPhone successor could feature a removable battery, OLED display, video calling, and a new dual-core processor alongside upgraded graphics processing hardware. If true, we could see this feature-packed “iPhone 4G,” as it’s being called, hitting market as soon as April of this year. The expedited launch window would be a departure from Apple’s traditional mid-year launch of new iPhone hardware.
With advanced smartphones like Google’s Nexus One – Google wants you to call it a “superphone,” by the way – giving Apple a serious run for its money, it makes sense that Apple wants to launch their high-profile iPhone 4G as soon as possible. KT officials have apparently said that they want to fast-track the launch of the iPhone 4G to offer an alternative to high-powered smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system.
The rumored feature-set of the iPhone 4G is everything we’d hoped for in a next-gen iPhone. The higher-resolution OLED display should go a long way in competing with smartphones outfitted with 3.7-inch and 4-inch high-res displays from the likes of HTC and Motorola. The removable battery is something that iPhone users have been clamoring for ever since the original iPhone landed on US shores – an Apple patent application bodes well for a removable battery. And, while supposed Android “superphones” like the Nexus One tout 1Ghz Snapdragon processors, this new iPhone 4G might just come to market toting a latest generation of ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor capable of clock speeds in excess of 2Ghz. That’s going to make for an iPhone that’s not just fast, it’ll have more processing power than laptops of just a handful of years ago! There have also been some rumors of the next iPhone sporting some sort of RFID/NFC technology and support for 802.11n WiFi.