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North Korea’s new operating system bears uncanny resemblance to Apple’s OS X

North Korea's Red Star operating system has been upgraded from a Windows-style desktop to one that closely resembles Apple's OS X.

Screenshots of the new system were posted to a North Korea technology blog (opens in new tab) revealing a makeover that has undeniably drawn inspiration from the Mac system.

The third version of Red Star was developed by the Korea Computer Centre (KCC) using the open-sourced operating system Linux.

A version of it was obtained by an American computer scientist working in North Korea, Will Scott, who bought a version of the software from a KCC retailer in the capital Pyongyang.

The pictures posted online show that the latest operating system does however have some noticeable difference's to its Apple counterpart. The date shown is not 2014 but 103, the number of years since the birth of the founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il-sung.

It is not the first time the isolated communist state has borrowed from Apple. Last year a North Korean tablet was unveiled that came with a host of pre-loaded apps, including a Korean-language version of Angry Birds Rio.

North Korea has faced strong international criticism for the heavily-censored Internet and limited mobile phone coverage within the closed state.

Related: North Korea must ease web restrictions says Google's Schmidt (opens in new tab)

A visit from Google chief Eric Schmidt last year resulted in pointed criticism directed at the use of technology in North Korea.

"As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world, their economic growth and so forth and it will make it harder for them to catch up economically," Schmidt said.