A Korean telecomm company is hinting that Apple will issue them a next-generation iPhone this April, to sell to their larger corporate customers.
KT, the company's #2 phone company, says the spring pre-release will serve as a "litmus test" for a general public roll-out in June. A high-ranking KT executive, speaking on conditions of anonymity, said "We don't see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. It‚Äôs possible to launch the devices within the first half…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."
The same exec claims the 4G will feature OLED screens, live video chat capabilities, and maybe even a removable battery. Analysts speculate that the early release is an attempt to dull the surge of faster, Android-based handsets with similar features (e.g. the Nexus One). KT has already sold over 220,000 iPhone 3G's since November '09, and predict a total of half-a-million sales (3- and 4G) by year's end.
[Via Korea Times]