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South Korea Passes Bill Banning Apple From Requiring Developers to Use App Store In-App Purchase System

Tuesday August 31, 2021 3:12 am PDT by
South Korea today passed a bill that bans Apple and Google from requiring developers to use their own respective in-app purchasing systems, allowing developers to charge users using third-party payment methods, The Wall Street Journal reports. The bill was originally supposed to be voted on yesterday, however, more urgent matters presented to South Korea's National Assembly meant the bill...
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South Korea Delays Bill That Would Ban Apple From Requiring Developers to Use In-App Purchase System

Monday August 30, 2021 7:07 am PDT by
South Korea has delayed voting on a bill that would ban Apple and Google from requiring developers to use their in-app purchasing systems, a move that would open the door to allowing third-party payment methods, representing a possible significant threat to Apple and Google's app marketplace business models. The bill, coming in the form of an amendment to the existing Telecommunications...
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South Korea Could Ban Apple From Requiring Developers to Use In-App Purchase System

Tuesday August 24, 2021 10:31 am PDT by
South Korea may soon ban Apple and Google from requiring app developers to use their in-app purchase systems, reports Reuters. South Korea's legislation and judiciary committee is expected to approve an "Anti-Google Law" that amends the existing Telecommunications Business Act. It will require Apple and Google to allow third-party payment methods in their app stores in South Korea, and it...
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Apple Reportedly Sent Team of Employees to South Korea to Discuss Apple Car Development

Monday August 9, 2021 4:32 am PDT by
A team of Apple employees that are part of Apple Car's development reportedly visited South Korea on a secret business trip to meet with. local companies, such as LG, the SK Group, and others, to discuss Apple's automotive ambitions and possible business opportunities. That is, at least, according to a report citing South Korean sources from Taiwanese DigiTimes, who claim that during their...
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South Korean Bill That Could Allow Third-Party Payment Methods on the App Store Gains Support Ahead of Vote

Tuesday August 3, 2021 5:15 am PDT by
A bill that could require Apple and Google to allow third-party payment methods on their respective app stores in South Korea is gaining support ahead of a vote on the issue. The bill proposes an amendment to the existing Telecommunications Business Act, which would bar Apple, Google, and any other company that operates its own app distribution platform, from forcing developers to use a...
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Apple Reportedly Wants to Sell Products in Korean LG Retail Stores [Update]

Thursday June 17, 2021 12:05 am PDT by
Apple is reportedly eyeing a new partnership with LG that would allow the South Korean tech giant to sell iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches at its more than 400 retail "LG Best Shops" in South Korea, according to a report from Business Korea. LG recently shut down its smartphone business, leaving retail space previously used for marketing its handsets being left empty. Apple is now,...
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Apple to Hold Preview Event At Second Apple Store in South Korea on February 24 [Update: Store Opening 2/26]

Friday February 19, 2021 12:55 am PST by
Apple is set to open its second store in South Korea next week in the busy business hub of Yeouido, in Seoul, the company has announced (via the Yonhap News Agency). Apple will hold a press preview for the new retail location in Yeouido, Seoul on February 24. The store itself is expected to open just a few days following the preview. Apple announced the store in November of last year but...
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Apple Preparing to Open Second Retail Store in South Korea

Monday November 30, 2020 4:18 am PST by
Apple is preparing to open a new retail store in Yeouido, South Korea. The store will be Apple's second retail location in the country. Apple Yeouido will be located in the IFC Mall, which is in Seoul's financial district by the Han River. Apple has shared wallpapers and an animation on its website to announce the opening of Apple Yeouido. Apple's first retail store in South Korea,...
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Apple MagSafe Duo Charger Certified By Korea's NRRA, Suggesting a Launch Soon

Tuesday November 3, 2020 12:36 am PST by
Apple's unreleased MagSafe Duo Charger has passed Korea's National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) compliance test, a possible indication that the wireless charging pad is almost ready for shipment. Apple announced the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo during its ‌iPhone 12‌ launch event in October. The charging accessory is vaguely reminiscent of Apple's canceled AirPower charging mat, featuring space to charge...
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iPhone 12 May Launch Earlier Than Usual in South Korea

Monday September 28, 2020 5:24 am PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 12 lineup may launch earlier than usual in South Korea, reports The Korea Herald. South Korean telecoms firms speaking to The Korea Herald have said that the ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup will launch ahead of its usual schedule. Normally, the release of new iPhones in South Korea comes about one month after launch in the United States. Last year, the iPhone 11 arrived in South...
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Apple Korea Pledges $84 Million to Support Small Businesses and Settle Antitrust Probe

Monday August 24, 2020 4:47 am PDT by
Apple's South Korea business has offered to make a 100 billion won ($84 million) payout to support small businesses and help consumers, according to the country's competition watchdog (via Reuters). The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) investigated Apple Korea in 2016 for requiring SK Telecom, KT Corp, and LG Uplus Corp to pay the cost of television advertisements and warranty service for ...
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Korean Startups Call for Investigation into Apple and Google In-App Purchases

Wednesday August 19, 2020 2:20 am PDT by
Multiple startup companies in Korea are calling for an investigation into Apple and Google's in-app purchase practices, reports The Korea Herald. An alliance of app developers and small companies submitted a petition to the Korea Communications Commission earlier today, asking for an investigation into whether Apple and Google may be violating Korean laws on in-app purchases and...
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Apple Watch ECG Feature Likely Coming Soon to South Korea

Tuesday August 11, 2020 3:42 am PDT by
Apple has included an ECG function in new Apple Watch models since 2018, providing users in select territories with the ability to measure the electrical activity of their heart. Apple now appears to be ready to extend the ECG feature to South Korea, based on recent government filings. According to etnews, Apple has obtained an approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) in...
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Korea FTC Allows Apple to Draw Up Measures to Correct Anti-Competitive Practices

Thursday June 18, 2020 3:57 am PDT by
South Korea's antitrust regulator has decided to allow Apple to map out a set of measure to address its anti-competitive business practices in the country, reports the Korea Herald. The Fair Trade Commission investigated Apple Korea for requiring SK Telecom, KT Corp, and LG Uplus Corp to pay the cost of television advertisements and warranty service for its iPhones. The investigation...
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Apple Watch Series 5 Launches in Brazil, Korea, and Thailand

Friday October 25, 2019 5:50 am PDT by
Apple Watch Series 5 models are now available to purchase at Apple Stores and select resellers in Brazil, Korea, and Thailand, with both Wi-Fi-only and cellular models released today following pre-orders. Pricing starts at R$3,999 in Brazil, ₩539,000 in Korea, and ฿14,400 in Thailand. Carriers:Brazil: Claro and Vivo Korea: KT, SK Telecom, and LG U+ Thailand: AIS, dtac, and TrueMoveApple ...
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Apple Has 500 Employees in Korea, Supports 325,000 Jobs in Country

Monday August 19, 2019 5:40 am PDT by
Apple today revealed job creation figures in South Korea for the first time since entering the country two decades ago, as noted by The Korea Herald. In a new page on its website, Apple says it has created and supports 325,000 jobs in South Korea, including 500 direct employees, 125,000 jobs through partners in the country like component manufacturers and product distributors, and 200,000...
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Apple to Present Plaque to Korean Police for Cracking Down on Sale of Fake Accessories

Wednesday January 9, 2019 1:19 am PST by
Apple will express its gratitude to Korean police for seizing fake accessories worth 1 billion won ($892,000) by presenting a plaque to officers at a local police unit, reports The Korea Herald. As a token of thanks, Donald Shruhan, senior regional director for Apple's Asia-Pacific operations, will visit the Bucheon Sosa Police Station in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, on Friday to deliver a...
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Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Models Available to Pre-Order in Four New Countries From June 8

Wednesday June 6, 2018 1:06 am PDT by
Apple has announced through its regional websites that Apple Watch Series 3 LTE models will be available to pre-order in Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates on Friday, June 8. Brazilian customers hoping to pick up and Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE can expect to pay 3,119 reais (about $826) for the 38mm model and 3449 for the 42mm model. Claro will be the sole network...
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Investigations into Apple's iPhone Battery Slowdowns Spread to Italy and South Korea

Friday January 19, 2018 1:27 am PST by
Italy and South Korea on Thursday joined a growing list of countries in which class-action lawsuits and government investigations into Apple's iPhone battery slowdowns are underway. Italy's antitrust body revealed it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple used iOS updates to slow older smartphones and push clients into buying new models (via Reuters). The Italian watchdog said Apple...
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Apple's 500th Store and First in Korea Opening January 27 Ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

Tuesday January 16, 2018 11:04 am PST by
Apple today announced that its first retail store in South Korea opens on Saturday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. local time, just a few weeks prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday, February 9. The store is located in the upscale Garosugil shopping area in the Gangnam District of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The location will be open seven days per...