October 14 - Apple's South Korean fans dismayed as country is left out of the early launch of the iPhone 4S; Korean launch date still unclear. Arnold Gay reports.
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Apple fans in South Korea couldn't help but feel disappointed Friday, as their counterparts in Japan and Australia snapped up the latest version of the iPhone 4S.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 18-YEAR-OLD SEOUL RESIDENT KIM JOO-SEONG SAYING:
"Selling them in South Korea has been delayed, postponed - I am almost going crazy. No way. I am not satisfied."
Apple does not reveal how countries are added to its global launch schedules for new products, but some analysts say South Korea's exclusion is linked to on-going patent disputes with Samsung.
The South Korean firm has already filed suit to block sales of the iPhone in France and Italy, and local media have reported that Samsung may consider doing this in Korea too.
Seoul resident Kim Tae-Jin says it's unfair to Apple fans like him.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 35-YEAR-OLD SEOUL RESIDENT KIM TAE-JIN SAYING:
"I think Apple took this measure to check the sales of Samsung smartphones. Many people are using iPhones in my country - it is unfair."
The iPhone 4S global launch comes a day after an Australian court temporarily banned sales of Samsung's tablet in the country, pending a final decision that may take months.
A U.S. judge also says Samsung's Galaxy tablets infringe on Apple's iPad patents, but added Apple had not established the validity of its patents.
Arnold Gay, Reuters.
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