Apple Removes all Iranian Apps from App Store

Apple Inc. has removed all Iranian apps from its App Store, a move the technology giant attributed to US economic sanctions, reports said.

Popular apps for food delivery, ride-hailing and other services in Iran have been removed in recent weeks.

Citing Iranian media, the Associated Press said the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant had removed all Iranian mobile apps.

“Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries,” Apple said in a statement.

In reaction to Apple’s decision, Iranian Telecommunication Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted that Apple accounts for 11% of Iran’s mobile phone market, even though the tech firm does not have an official presence in Iran, according to the report.

“Giving respect to consumer rights is a principle today which Apple has not followed,” Jahromi tweeted. “We will follow up the cutting of the apps legally.”

Iran is estimated to have about 40 million smartphones with 6 million Apple iPhones. Around 100,000 iPhones are reportedly smuggled in every month and many companies have registered their apps being outside of Iran so as to get listed on the store.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

One Response to Apple Removes all Iranian Apps from App Store

  1. Jim 6th September 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    So much for Apple? They have also benefited from many Persians,not to mention
    while the Europeans were in the Dark Age they hardly had any technology including dentistry
    medical, literature even Alexander the great told his Army to leave the architecture and art
    and book alone. He was so impressed with their civilization.
    Now the second youngest country after Israel want to destroy such rich culture is an absolute
    criminal behavior. Unfortunately the westerners are kept in the dark and believe that they are an exceptional people? Accoutring to former Sec of State Madeline whose hands are soaked
    in children blood! She is obviously are still in the Dark ages!
    I will no longer buy apple products for our employees and for me. I am done with these hypocrites.

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