Galaxy S9 pre-orders may have disappointed on Samsung’s home turf


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Samsung Galaxy S9 may struggle against last year's model.
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Initial pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy S9 are proving to be disappointing in Samsung’s home turf of South Korea, a new report claims.

The new handset was only made available for pre-order on Wednesday, but — at least in the first few hours — initial demand seems not to be matching that of last year’s handset. Samsung itself has not yet revealed any figures.

Apple’s South Korean retail store puts it on Samsung’s doorstep


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The design of Apple's new store blurs the line between the inside and outside world.
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Ahead of Apple’s first ever Apple Store opening South Korea, the company has shared pictures of its spectacular new Seoul store online.

Located on the south of the Han River, in the heart of the upmarket Gangnam district, the store boasts a 25-foot glass facade, stunning 6K video wall, and a tree-lined interior that is designed to blur the line between street and store. It opens this Saturday.

370,000 people in South Korea are suing Apple


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Customers aren't happy about Apple's iPhone speed throttling.
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The first ever class action lawsuit filed against Apple in South Korea involves 370,000 individuals — or the equivalent of one out of every 138 people who live in the country.

As with many of the recent lawsuits filed against Apple, this particular class action suit accuses Apple of purposely slowing down the speed of older iPhones with a software update. The group filed its suit with the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday, demanding 2.2 million won ($2,000) per person affected by the iPhone speed throttling.

Nearly 67,000 iPhone users in South Korea want to sue Apple


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Users aren't happy about Apple throttling iPhone speeds.
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Apple has been the subject of multiple class action lawsuits since admitting that it purposely throttles the speed of older iPhones. However, no lawsuit is quite as big as one that’s brewing in South Korea — where nearly 67,000 iPhone users have applied to join a suit against Apple.

The number of potential plaintiffs reportedly doubled over the course of Friday — from 34,000 applicants in the morning to 66,800 by the end of the working day, claims law firm Hannuri Law.

South Korean regulator wants answers from Apple about slowing old iPhones


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Apple has admitted to throttling older iPhone performance.
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South Korea’s broadcasting and telecom regulator, the Korea Communications Commission, wants an explanation from Apple as to why it purposely slowed down old iPhones.

“We are hoping to get some answers on whether Apple intentionally restricted the performance of old iPhones and tried to hide this from customers,” the KCC said in a statement.

Apple’s offices in South Korea raided on eve of iPhone X launch


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Raid comes one day before the iPhone X goes on sale in the country.
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Authorities in South Korea raided Apple’s offices in Seoul today, one day ahead of the launch of the iPhone X.

The exact reason for the raid isn’t apparent, although it reportedly concerns Apple’s business practices in the country. Nonetheless, it raises questions about whether the South Korean government may be trying to hurt Apple prior to the release of one of its most sought-after products in years.

iPhone X pre-orders sell out in minutes on Samsung’s home turf


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Pre-orders in South Korea were incredibly strong.
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The iPhone X may have greater levels of availability in Apple Stores than many predicted, but there’s one place you’ll struggle to get your hands on one: South Korea.

According to a new report, Samsung’s home turf experienced a massive surge of orders for the iPhone X when it was made available for pre-order, ahead of its November 24 launch. In total, the allocated iPhone X shipments for the country sold out within minutes.

South Korean prosecutors want Samsung boss jailed for 12 years


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Vice-chairman is accused of involvement in major bribery scandal.
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Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year jail sentence for Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, who is charged with playing a role in a bribery scandal involving Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea.

Four other Samsung executives are also charged, with prosecutors seeking sentences between seven and 10 years for each. However, Lee is credited as the “ultimate beneficiary” of the crime, hence the longer sentence.

South Korean government wants to hear about exploding phones


The Note 7 was one of the last year's hottest phones. And not in the good way.
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In the aftermath of Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the South Korean government is set to make it mandatory for manufacturers to report instances in which their handsets burst into flames.

“When the new rules come into effect, phone makers will also have to immediately launch an investigation — right after the submission of the report — to prove if the fires or explosions were caused by flawed parts or external force,” an official from The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is quoted as saying.