iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches could be sold at LG's South Korean stores

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What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly keen to sell its products via LG stores in South Korea.
  • There are more than 400 LG Best Shops in the country.

Apple is reportedly keen to do a deal with LG that will see iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches sold in its South Korean stores. There are more than 400 LG Bast Ships in the country, all empty since LG left the smartphone business.

According to Business Korea and MacRumors reports, the two companies are in discussions already but there is no indication when the stores will start selling Apple wares.

The two companies are reportedly discussing the establishment of separate Apple corners within the shops that are directly run by Apple employees or allowing LG Best Shop employees to sell Apple products after LG Electronics acquires the right to the sale of Apple products. The two sides have yet to decide when the partnership starts, but some market experts predict that it will be some time after the end of July when LG Electronics completely pull out of the smartphone business

It doesn't sound like Macs will be sold at the stores, however. LG sells its own Windows PCs and presumably isn't keen on the potential cannibalization of sales that products like the new M1 iMac and MacBook Air could cause.

LG says that it's "exploring all possibilities" which includes talking to Apple. In the meantime, you can find the best M1 Mac deals elsewhere. You just need to know where to look! Apple's new M1 Macs are super fast, super quiet, and super cool. But that doesn't mean you have to pay full price for one!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.