North Korea Releases ‘Arirang,’ It’s Own Version of Apple’s Vaunted iPad KehlBayern November 1, 2012 North Korea News Today North Korean state media, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reports that the nation’s Pyongyang Information Technology Bureau has developed the DPRK’s first tablet computer, the Arirang. Certainly the world has many questions about the device, among which might include: How does a nation prone to famine and trapped in the 1960s create a tablet computer? The Atlantic reports that the Arirang is actually nothing more than a Chinese iPad clone from a specialty factory in Shenzhen. Those tablets run anywhere from $40 to $120 and use a version of Google’s open source Android operating system. Similarly, the socialist iPad runs on customized version of Google’s OS.