Apple's South Korean offices are raided the day before the iPhone X launches in the country

Apple's South Korean offices are raided the day before the iPhone X launches in the country
A few days ago, we told you that the Apple iPhone X did very well in South Korea by selling out during the pre-order period that ended today in the country. That means that starting Friday, the tenth anniversary iPhone model can be purchased in LG and Samsung's own backyard. Last week, it took Korean carrier SK Telecom just 3 minutes to sell out its pre-order inventory of the iPhone X. Last year, it took 20 minutes for SK Telecom to sell out its pre-order inventory of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

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

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36 Comments

1. Xilam unregistered

That’s not suspicious at all. Someone was scared of iPhone X launch on heir territory.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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.)

5. Peacetoall unregistered

so by that logic apple were behind note 7 fiasco.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The fuck... what?

9. Peacetoall unregistered

kiko the monkey

37. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Not South East Asia. It is just Koreans that have extreme protectionist sentiments. They are known for their racial and nationalistic supremacist ideologies.

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Maybe if you use broken logic.

14. Nopers unregistered

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.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wait...huh...what?

18. Chaise unregistered

South Korea is now considered Southeast? I guess Russia is the only East Asian country then.

20. thanhvuueh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2017

South Korea is in East Asia not South East Asia plz!!!!

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Please see post no.10 for the real story. Also Samsung's mobile division is large but a drop in the ocean compared to the rest of the group.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure. It couldn't possibly be that Apple might have been doing something illegal. In mean, it's not like they'd conspire with publishers to fix ebook process 3,or anything like that.

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"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?

4. Peacetoall unregistered

I was about to post same thing. Alan .f jones is now a conspiracy theorist.

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

They want some iPhone X before it sells out.......

8. Peacetoall unregistered

they just want to see how can a inferior device like inotch x is able to sell for 1000$

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

24. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

More I read your comments more I discover your frustration... Your dream is to have an iPhone X, so keep dreaming.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

31. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I’m not talking to you, my comment was for Peacetoall..... So keep calm and verify before insulting people.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They could have bought mine. Had it on Ebay for almost two weeks, not a single bite.

10. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

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.

23. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Thank you very much for posting this, prime example of why I come to this site just for the comments and barely ever the presstitute articles...

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

When has Alan ever let something little like facts get in the way of his flame-bait FUD?

13. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

25. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

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.

15. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Samsung is paying taxes to S. Korea, apple is dogging the usa in Ireland. So I understand this.

19. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

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.

22. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Samthing is not right. Samone could be behind this.

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