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South Korean Authorities Go After Apple Prior to iPhone X Launch

24 Noviembre 2017

If you buy the iPhone X on the Apple site will cost £999.

Apple has filed a patent titled "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) about an iPhone with a screen that can be opened and closed like a book.

But there is one member of the iPhone family that deserves a mention: the diminutive iPhone SE.

Apple will release the follow-up to the iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to a Taiwanese news website. That comes in at £1086 over the course of the 24-month contract, compared to the mere £871 you pay overall for O2's Black Friday bargain.

While both Apple and South Korean authorities are silent on the reason for the raids, a report in Metro.UK on Thursday said it was done with regard to Apple's business practices in the country. For example, the word is that the much talked about 3D face recognition feature could soon make its way to iPads and MacBook. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 53.49%, versus a 17.86% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

Both LG and Samsung are working on foldable screens but it is believed that Apple favoured working with LG to avoid privacy issues.

Interestingly it's the first patent by Apple that lists micro-LED as one of the main display types for a foldable iPhone.

The patent describes a device with an all-screen design that would be bendable around a central flexible display area. Whether it will coincide with a cameo appearance from the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the Consumer Electronics Show in January is unknown at this stage.

Despite such issues, Apple has been steadily gaining traction in the South Korean smartphone market and currently holds a massive 33 per cent market share in the country. Moreover, the new low-end iPhone model is reportedly already in the preliminary stages of production at Wistron's facility in Bengaluru, India. Foxconn has now stopped students from working overtime in China.

South Korean Authorities Go After Apple Prior to iPhone X Launch