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.
We’ve already seen leaks of the next iPhone’s alleged SIM card tray and midboard, now we just need leaks of the iPhone itself! The next-gen iPhone is supposedly already in production, after all.