Samsung has struggled to make an impact there.

Demand for Apple s pricey handsets has declined in the region in recent months, and Samsung could gain a competitive edge with its less expensive but visually similar C5 and C7 devices.

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And that signals something very important about the global electronics market.

As The Huffington Post reported Monday, our sleek, compact gadgets are very difficult to recycle and repair.

Apple s trademark designs are particularly problematic, in large part because they inspire knockoffs that are similarly hard to recycle.

Where Apple goes, everyone else follows, Kyle Wiens, founder of repair website iFixit, told HuffPost.

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