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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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