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Samsung, LG Anticipated to Unveil New Smartwatches Soon

Samsung, LG Anticipated to Unveil New Smartwatches Soon

SEOUL, Jul. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean tech giants are expected to showcase new smartwatches within a few months, industry watchers said Thursday, as they seek to catch up with market leader Apple Inc. According to the sources, Samsung Electronics is expected to showcase the successor of the Gear S3 smartwatch around the upcoming [...]

Samsung, Apple Reach Settlement over Design Dispute

Samsung, Apple Reach Settlement over Design Dispute

SEOUL, Jun. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Apple Inc. to settle the latest legal dispute surrounding alleged smartphone design infringement “We cannot provide any details other than that we reached an agreement with Apple,” a source from Samsung Electronics said. Samsung refrained from disclosing other [...]

National Forensic Service to Investigate iPhone Slowdown Claims

National Forensic Service to Investigate iPhone Slowdown Claims

SEOUL, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Forensic Service will be investigating allegations that U.S. smartphone maker Apple deliberately caused the slowdown of its older iPhone models. The Seoul-based civic group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty submitted iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as samples to the National Forensic Service for an in-depth inspection. [...]

S. Korean Law Firm Representing 63,767 iPhone Users Sues Apple

S. Korean Law Firm Representing 63,767 iPhone Users Sues Apple

SEOUL, Mar. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean law firm representing more than 60,000 consumers filed a lawsuit against U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. and its local branch for intentionally slowing down older iPhones. Hannuri Law said it filed the suit at the Seoul Central District Court on behalf of 63,767 iPhone users. It [...]

Smartphone Makers Offer Discriminative Warranty Services in S. Korea

Smartphone Makers Offer Discriminative Warranty Services in S. Korea

SEOUL, Mar. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The quality of smartphone manufacturers’ warranty services provided in South Korea fall behind those of other countries despite the average sales prices being higher here, industry watchers said Tuesday. Samsung Electronics Co. is currently preparing the launch of the so-called Samsung Mobile Care service in South Korea, where users can [...]

Apple to Launch 1st Retail Shop in South Korea

Apple to Launch 1st Retail Shop in South Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Apple Korea said Wednesday it will open its first full-fledged retail shop in South Korea this month to help customers buy, repair and experience iPhones and other Apple products. The first shop in South Korea will open on Garosugil in the affluent southern district of Gangnam in Seoul on [...]

Consumer Group to File 1st Local Lawsuit Against Apple over iPhone Slowdown

Consumer Group to File 1st Local Lawsuit Against Apple over iPhone Slowdown

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — A consumer activist group said Wednesday it will file for a compensation suit with a Seoul court this week against Apple Inc. and its local headquarters for a reward of 2.2 million won (US$2,056) per plaintiff. The Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty (CUCS) is expected to file the suit [...]

Apple to Start Discounted Battery Replacement Program in S. Korea

Apple to Start Discounted Battery Replacement Program in S. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – U.S. tech giant Apple Inc.’s South Korean arm said Tuesday it will start a discounted battery replacement program amid criticism that the company intentionally slowed down older smartphones. Apple said users of the iPhone 6 and its successors will be able to replace batteries for 34,000 won (US$31.80), down [...]