The iPhone seems set to make its debut in South Korea, following a change in rules requiring handsets sold in the country use a mobile standard called Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI).
Developed in the country, WIPI support was required to be included in all handsets sold in South Korea. Apple’s iPhone 3G doesn’t support the standard, meaning the company was unable to introduce its device into the territory – until now…
The effect of this has been to create a unique local market for handsets, dominated by Samsung and LG Electronics.
Apple’s research and development teams are hard at work on powerful new technologies which may debut in 2009, including a fully touchscreen iMac and wearable video displays (that latter perhaps under some kind of arrangement with Sony).