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Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) South Korean carrier SK Telecom (SKM) plans to sell a version of the...

Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) South Korean carrier SK Telecom (SKM) plans to sell a version of the iPhone 5S supporting the next-gen LTE-Advanced standard, the Korea Times reports. The report comes shortly after Samsung launched a Galaxy S4 variant supporting a basic version of LTE-Advanced. 2) Apple might become the latest U.S. company (previous) to be targeted by U.K. tax authorities: the FT reports Apple, aided by tax-deductible stock option awards, paid no taxes in FY12 on local income of $103.6M. 3) In spite of a deluge of Windows ultrabook launches, NPD estimates the MacBook Air still made up 56% of U.S. thin-and-light laptop sales from January-May.
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  • J Mintzmyer
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    Maybe AAPL can finally catch some long-term bids?
    1 Jul 2013, 07:56 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I would not give high hopes on South Korea for Apple. Korean consumers are about as nationalist as they come.

     

    China is a lot more interesting and Apple is showing a lot more growth in China than the market.
    1 Jul 2013, 08:11 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    while I don't doubt you genearch2, I've never actually seen any chart showing South Korea's spending habits, have you?
    1 Jul 2013, 08:40 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I don't mind if you have doubts about my statement. Yes, I have seen some data on buying habits of South Korean consumers. I don't recall that actual presentation, e.g.,, charts or tables, but it was very dramatic. My recollection was that it was focused on Korean consumer decisions in electronics between various Asian countries.

     

    An anedotal observation, we have a significant Korean population in our area and I go to a Korean grocery store and a restaurant. As an Apple investor, I pay attention to what kinds of smartphones or tablets people are using. Every Korean I've seen using a mobile device has been using a Samsung device. I'm sure there must be some Koreans who buy non-Korean products, but the numbers are small.

     

    If the South Koreans beat down the doors to buy iOS devices, I have absolutely no problem with that or admitting that I made a bad call. Which is more than any professional analyst will give you. They rarely admit they're wrong
    2 Jul 2013, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    Right on, ... my favorite Market on Irvine in SF is a Korean owned store Park's Farmers Market, but the clientele is mostly Chinese and hipsters.
    3 Jul 2013, 02:44 AM Reply Like
  • debtfree1
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    If some Americans will buy Samsung some Koreans will buy Apple
    1 Jul 2013, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    I bought a Samsung Series 5 laptop, something I regret. That is why Apple gets the devoted clientele. I 1st bought a 17" Macbook in 2009, then I bought 16 IPod Touches from October 2010-now. ...
    3 Jul 2013, 03:11 AM Reply Like
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