North Korea Tech Company Releasing Its Own Apple iPad Knockoff

Ad for 'Ryonghung iPad' appears in latest edition of the regime's propaganda magazine.

May 31, 2017 11:00 am

Aside from its progress in launching nuclear weapons, North Korea appears to have also advanced its ability to manufacture its own iPad knockoff.

NK News reports that Myohyang IT Company, a North Korean tech company, is selling its own version of the Apple tablet according to an advertisement in Foreign Trade, the regime’s propaganda magazine.

The Apple replica comes with an English-language keyboard and 40 apps, including a dictionary and a WebMD-like medical dictionary that can “diagnose up to 1,200 ailments.”

The “Ryonghung iPad” isn’t the first tablet sold in North Korea—just the first to violate Apple’s trademark.

“The iPad has been… highly appreciated at the third national sci-tech festival and the national intellectual property products show in 2016,” the Foreign Trade ad reads.

Apple products—or blatant rip-offs of them, rather—have a history of showing up in North Korea. Gizmodo reports that a Macintosh clone appeared at a trade show in the reclusive state a few years ago, replete with a copy of Apple’s software called “Red State 3.0.”

But, the totalitarian regime’s leaders have a hankering for the legitimate Apple devices too, according to Mashable. Photos of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un with an iMac were posted online in 2013. His deceased father, Kim Jong-Il, reportedly owned a Macbook Pro.

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