The South Korean Authorities has reportedly raided Apple’s offices in the capital city Seoul, prior to the “super-premium” iPhone X launch in South Korea.

The raid was likely to raise questions about whether South Korean authorities were trying to hamper the success of the iPhone X, as per the report in London-based Metro late on Thursday.

The iPhone X went on sale in the country on Friday.

“Investigators visited Apple’s HQ earlier this week to ask questions about its business practices ahead of the launch of the smartphone,” the report said.

Several reports revealed that the Korea Fair Trade Commission has been accused of protecting local companies against competition from Apple and others.

The US-base tech giant, Apple’s products are very popular in South Korea which is home to Samsung and LG.

Earlier in 2016, the investigators began a probe in a bid to discover whether Apple struck “unfair” contracts with local phone networks.

“It’s understood the latest raid is part of this ongoing probe, which was launched just months after the American firm took action to address officials’ concern about other unfair’ contracts with South Korean firms commissioned to repair iPhones and other gadgets,” the report said.

When Apple launched iPhone 6 in South Korea back in 2015, it had 33 percent market share.

 

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