Apple Said to Be Removing Iranian iOS Apps From the App Store

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    Apple has allegedly begun removing iOS apps originating in Iran from the App Store, according to reports over the weekend. Tech news site Techrasa posted a story claiming that the biggest e-commerce service, Digikala, had its app removed from the store a few days ago (Via TechCrunch).

    The removal appears to relate to international trade laws. No official App Store exists for Iran, so Iranian startups and developers often register their apps as being outside the country to get onto the store.

    Apple has been allowing the Iranian apps onto the App Store since September 2016. Digikala runs the Shaparak payment system which is totally isolated from international systems, so in theory it would not contravene Apple's terms and conditions. Several Iranian banks also offer iOS apps that are side-loaded onto phones, notes TechCrunch.

    The Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury puts blocks on the Iranian market, which is home to 82 million people, 40 million of which use smartphones. According to Techrasa, Apple has sent the following to Iranian startups attempting to upload apps:
    It's still not clear exactly what part of the regulations the apps have contravened. We'll update this story if further details emerge in due course.

    Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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    Wanky trade laws to blame. No hope of improvement whilst the Ginger wannabe Führer remains POTUS.
     
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    Years ago in the iOS 6 days I used to log my network traffic and kept seeing a ping to a middle eastern domain. It took me a while until I figured out it was a clock app on my iPhone. After deleting the app it stopped. Never did figure out what it was doing nor heard feedback from the American developer.
    After that incident I block almost all two letter domains.
     
  7. mkeeley macrumors 6502

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    You mean the democratically elected president. Awful when it doesn't go your way isn't it?
     
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    Congratulations. It's generalization like yours that these stupid laws and bans are based on.
     
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    The president of the *Republic*. Not to go all political on you, if the president was elected democratically we'd have a winner who had a plurality of votes. But we live in a nonsensical republic where rural votes mean more than urban votes so we get Captain Cheeto
     
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    Hitler? Really?
     
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    You make it sound like it's just a bad coincidence.
     
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    Hypocrisy is at an all time high across the world.
     
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    Iranian apps, huge threat to the national security. The Saudi-Arabian and Turkish ones are ok tho.
     
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    While I do agree that name-calling sounds rather childish and accomplishes nothing, the nice thing about a democracy is that everyone is free to publicly dislike and disagree with their elected leaders – something that has been aptly demonstrated by right-wing pundits for the past eight years. Also, if you think of, e.g. Richard Nixon, the mere fact that someone was democratically elected does not guarantee that all of their decisions and actions will be legal and in line with the constitution.

    Personally, I think it's far too early to put any definitive labels on Trump, but if we're speaking more generally, it'd be a mistake to believe a political leader couldn't possibly act in an authoritarian manner or become a danger to democracy simply because they were democratically elected. There's ample precedent in world history for exactly that kind of behaviour, so "he's democratically elected" should never mean (and has never meant in the US) "he should be above criticism" or "you should just shut up and live with him". Opposition and disagreement are just as necessary for a democracy as a willingness to compromise.
     
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    I don't think anyone has a problem with criticism or questioning, but the Hitler references and the hysteria have been so over the top on this issue (and many others).

    Calm, sober, reasoned and educated discussion would be more productive. None of these policies are going to meaningfully affect Apple and Cook is virtue signaling to Apple employees and the rest of the Valley.
     
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    Clearly they're brown apps, so probably terrorists. Best to block entrance so we can make America safe again. If they were orange apps it would be fine.
     
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    It really is…
     
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    Some are responding to this thread like Tim personally wanted to do this. Read the second paragraph.
     
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    Pretty sure the stupid law and temporary bans are based on the stupid precedents of previous presidents, as well as U.S. code 1182. But go ahead and flame a random Internet somebody because reasons.
     
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    Is it not?
     
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    Why would they do that when they can use this as "proof" that Tim is hypocritical? Never mind actual facts!
     
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    There is a difference of supporting a policy/law

    And actually violating a law, since I believe transactions with Iran is not normalized.

    No?
     
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    Damn, and I was just about to download that Farsi-language Flappy Bird app.
     

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