Apple's South Korean offices are raided the day before the iPhone X launches in the country
by Alan Friedman / Nov 23, 2017, 10:51 PM
On Thursday, the day before the launch of the iPhone X in South Korea, officials in the country raided Apple's South Korean headquarters and asked employees questions about the American company's business practices. Conspiracy theorists wonder whether South Korea is trying to somehow interfere with the iPhone X launch in the country on behalf of Samsung and LG. The latest raid by authorities is said to be related to South Korean authorities fears that Apple will monopolize the smartphone business in the country. For example, in 2015 Apple controlled 33% of the South Korean handset market leading the country's FTC to investigate whether foreign manufacturers were hurting the domestic handset market.
In South Korea, Samsung recently launched a program called 'Upgrade to Galaxy;' this is a one month trial that allows 10,000 iPhone users in South Korea to try the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for one month.
As soon as the South Korean authorities release some information pertaining to the raid of Apple's HQ in South Korea, we will pass along the information to you ASAP.
source: Metro.co.uk via BGR
That’s not suspicious at all. Someone was scared of iPhone X launch on heir territory.
posted on Nov 23, 2017, 10:56 PM 8
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Samsung accounts for over 20% of the SK's GDP; they damn well better be terrified to see Apple taking such a large slice of the pie. Still pretty sad things like this happen so often in Southeast Asia, but they like to keep consumers using "homegrown" products, instead of foreign goods. (And before any of the Knights show up, no, I don't believe either of the two Korean conglomerates had anything to do with this raid directly. If anything, the SK government acted on it's own accord to ensure their own interests.)
posted on Nov 23, 2017, 11:18 PM 6
How do you draw that conclusion? The Note 7 debacle did nothing for Apple. 90% of Note 7 customers took the S7 exchange. On the other hand stopping iPhone X sales in Korea has a huge benefit for LG, Samsung and the Korean government.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 3:47 AM 5
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"Conspiracy theorists wonder whether South Korea is trying to somehow interfere with the iPhone X launch in the country on behalf of Samsung and LG" Conspiracy theorists....... you mean you Alan F and Ray S?
posted on Nov 23, 2017, 11:00 PM 15
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They want some iPhone X before it sells out.......
posted on Nov 23, 2017, 11:42 PM 3
they just want to see how can a inferior device like inotch x is able to sell for 1000$
posted on Nov 23, 2017, 11:47 PM 5
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It’s the bottom line that matters to these companies, and the iNotch is superior in that area. I’m a note user till death, but iPhones are nice, and have some sweet tech in them. There’s a reason they sell like they do each and every year. I’m enjoying my iNotch, and I think its gesture based UI is the future of smart phones.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 5:49 AM 2
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You stupid dumb idiot. I’ve owned the iPhone X since last Saturday, mine came from the Apple Store in Palm Desert California. Google it dummy. 15 south, to the 215, to the 10. As I’ve said before, you’re nothing but a troll to me, but I love to silence you. You’re jealous cause I have an X, and Note 8, but consider the Note 8 to be the best phone out. I also bought a space gray 42mm Nike GPS+Cellular and AirPods. I enjoy tech, you enjoy what Apple tells your in the box thinking trolling ass to. Now get lost...fool.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 1:23 PM 1
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It was not "raided" by "anti trust agency" as this stupid article wants to imply. It was actually investigated by the Korean Fair Trade Agency on the Apple using its market power to enforce Telecom companies to pay for iPhone TV commercials instead of apple paying for their own ads. Such practice is not allowed in Korea. I know Anglo American media are trying so hard to make the Korean government look bad but let us not forget the real stories. IPhone x selling well in Korea has nothing to do with this investigation and past and present iterations of iPhones always selling well show that Koreans aren't closed minded just like the writers of these lousy articles who want to tarnish Korean image.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 1:15 AM 16
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posted on Nov 24, 2017, 3:07 AM 2
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Very informative source detailing the truth behind this investigation, and similar history in Taiwan and France, whereas presstitutes here just try to twist it like it's something new, exclusive and anti-competitive in South Korea. Thanks for shearing.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 1:17 PM 0
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Police does not perform raids against suspected economic crimes based on conspiracy theories on reddit. They do it based on facts presented to them. Police have also done raids against Samsung, even sent their old CEO to prison. iPhonearena sticking to its casual racism on Asian countries and Apple promotion by twisting facts with the usual BS.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 7:12 AM 2
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