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Apple Korea’s Antitrust Probe Settlement Too Low: Lawmaker

Apple Korea’s Antitrust Probe Settlement Too Low: Lawmaker

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Apple Korea’s proposal to address concerns about its power abuse practices such as passing advertisement and repair costs to local mobile carriers has been criticized for being insufficient, given the nature of the alleged damages. Rep. Kim Yeung-shik, a lawmaker from the main opposition People Power Party, claimed on [...]

Apple Korea Proposes Measures Worth 100 bln Won to Correct Anti-competitive Practices

Apple Korea Proposes Measures Worth 100 bln Won to Correct Anti-competitive Practices

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean unit of U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. offered 100 billion won (US$84 million) worth of programs for consumers and mobile phone carriers, in a move to address concerns about the company’s alleged violation of competition law, the nation’s antitrust regulator said Monday. Apple Korea has been [...]

Gov’t Watchdogs Eye Apple, Google’s Commission Structure

Gov’t Watchdogs Eye Apple, Google’s Commission Structure

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A sign of conflict is surfacing again over the commissions charged by Apple and Google in their respective app stores, which have an unrivaled presence in the app market. After charging a 30 percent commission for gaming content, Google plans to shift its commission policy towards charging commissions on [...]

Prosecutors to Reinvestigate Apple’s Alleged Slowing Down of Old iPhones

Prosecutors to Reinvestigate Apple’s Alleged Slowing Down of Old iPhones

SEOUL, July 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean prosecutors have decided to launch a new investigation into the allegation that the U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. deliberately slowed down old iPhones through its operating systems (OS) updates. According to prosecution sources on Monday, the Seoul High Prosecutors’ Office directed officials on July 15 to resume [...]

Limited Tech Support Has Android Users Up in Arms

Limited Tech Support Has Android Users Up in Arms

SEOUL, June 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Following Apple Inc.’s recent decision to support its newest smart device operating system, iOS 14, on older generation iPhone models dating back as far as six years, controversy has reemerged over Android smartphones, which have a shorter duration of technical support. Consumers say that a flagship smartphone model costing [...]

Regulator Again Rejects Apple’s Measures over Alleged Violation of Competition Law

Regulator Again Rejects Apple’s Measures over Alleged Violation of Competition Law

SEJONG, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s antitrust regulator said Thursday it has again rejected voluntary corrective measures by Apple Inc.’s Korean unit over its alleged violation of competition law. Apple Korea is suspected of having required Korean mobile phone carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. — to pay [...]

Apple to Reopen Store in South Korea on Sat.

Apple to Reopen Store in South Korea on Sat.

SEOUL, April 17 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. said Friday that it will reopen its sole outlet in South Korea this weekend, as the country’s coronavirus infections have slowed. The retail store, located in Seoul’s affluent southern district of Gangnam, will resume business Saturday, the company said on its website. It marks [...]