Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:53 UTC
Legal Five US carriers, nearly identical devices, millions and millions of pre-orders, virtually simultaneous launch - and that's just the US. The Galaxy SIII might be hideous, Samsung is still doing something right here. No surprise, then, that Apple has, once again, decided to compete in the court room instead of on the shelves: they're asking for a US import ban on the SIII [FOSS Patents link].
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Apple already edged out culturally
by orfanum on Thu 7th Jun 2012 05:46 UTC
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In South Korea, so my relatives tell me, it's not easy using OS X to get things done - the highly networked nature of South Korean society, as well as its online bureaucracy, shopping sites, etc., all favour Windows or Android; having OS X as your mainstay interface to the world there makes you a bit like a second-class citizen.

This isn't a tech issue but a geo-political one; if 2MB (Lee Myung-bak) wasn't in power, already bending over to big business generally, ROK might be in a position to counteract the US-dominated patent system by threatening to tear up the free trade agreement with the States, and indicating it might as well go for more softly softly with the new regime now in the North. The US already sees North-East Asia/Pacific region as the place it will have to bolster its military presence ( to keep on top of brewing local resentments over the South China Sea and to counter any further general Chinese influence in the area. Therefore, ROK has more of a hand to play here, I suspect.

The US needs to be careful; economically, it's a shadow of its former self, and this relative decline is likely to continue. The interconnectedness of the global manufacturing regime regarding the military-industrial complex means that it is vulnerable also potentially to deliberate use of replacement parts for sabotage by China (; this kind of worry, along with the billions it is expected to cut from its military budget means that the gunboat diplomacy that Leon Panetta is relying on is already dead in the water.

Apple is operating in this context: at some point it too will have to recognise that the Cold War is over. It's going to find that it may not be supported by its comparatively ever weaker host nation.

Conspiracy theories? You wish.

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