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Report: Apple iPhone banned in Russia starting January 1st, 2015

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Report: Apple iPhone banned in Russia starting January 1st, 2015
UPDATE: It looks like numerous online sources have gotten the story wrong. In short, the actual law that will come into operation on January 1, 2015, demands that cloud data storage that originates from Russia stays in Russia. In other words, companies will be required to have localized cloud servers on the territory of Russia, and this includes Apple (as well as any other company that has anything to do with the cloud). The previous conception, that it's an anti-iPhone law, was completely wrong.

Original post follows below:

According to a report published on Tuesday, Russia will ban the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad beginning on New Year's Day. Honestly, when we first saw the report, we figured that this was due to the same motives that caused a business group to dismantle a memorial to Steve Jobs in St. Petersburg. Instead, it seems that it is iCloud that has Russian authorities concerned.

The new law will ban any device that has the iCloud software inside. The reason is that the data saved in iCloud is not stored locally. The servers employed by Apple are based in the U.S., not Russia. This is not a law that was created to harm Apple specifically, as it applies to all online services including social networks.

Apple could put up a server farm in the country, but that would probably be a bad precedent for the tech titan. Russia could even decide to enforce the ban at the retail level, which also would be bad for Apple. Those in Russia who currently own an iPhone or iPad that supports iCloud, might have to put up with relentless searches from the authorities.

Thanks for the tip!

source: progorod (translated) via GSMDome

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posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:04 3

2. marcski07 (Posts: 599; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


then just make an iphone that has no iCloud, or instead an iCloud like made by russians call it "iHomophone."

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:49 14

13. Saioofi (Posts: 252; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Not an ifan but is this supposed to be a joke? Sorry

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:55 1

15. marcski07 (Posts: 599; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I'm not bashing apple.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 21:36 1

126. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I am... f**k them and their users!

posted on 08 Nov 2014, 23:50

124. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


awww man!!!! they should have the i toy banned still!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:08 21

3. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Broken country.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:31 24

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


That would be the United States of America, whose people are drowned in the Apple propaganda.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:01 11

17. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


"That would be the United States of America, whose people are drowned in propaganda."

Fixed.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:20 7

37. willard12 (Posts: 1771; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The news media in the US is not run by the government, unlike Russia.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:08 17

58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3093; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Correct, it's run by companies who run the government...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:45

66. Mels13 (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


:D its fun

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:23 7

24. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Last time I've seen phones banned in the US for the CEO being homosexual was .. hmm…. never.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:22

50. sip1995 (Posts: 1602; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Cuz USA and Europe has more freedom, unlike some others....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:34 7

40. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Plot twist: BOTH are broken!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:11

4. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


That's phobia for anything i-perversion.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:13 11

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22488; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I hope this actually has to do with iCloud, and not Tim Cook being gay. There's been no issue with iOS/iCloud recently, now Tim comes out, Steve's statues gets dismantled, and now a ban. Cmon mother Russia, reallyyyyyyyyy...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:07 20

18. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It's because of the lack of trust between the United States and Russia, it has nothing to do with Tim Cook.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:14

22. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


^^This

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:13 4

36. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Lack of trust between the United States Govt. and Russia. Lack of trust between the United States Govt. and the citizens of the United States.....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:16 12

6. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I guess having snowden on their side made Russian understand how these spying and NSA works now. Can't blame them for that... I wonder if China will follow on this direction as well.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:15

23. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


China is on the same page but they aren't as aggressive because they want apple to continue manufacturing in their country.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 23:40

108. lithium451 (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


Yeah, because it should be the FSB checking out that teenager's selfies, not the NSA.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:33 10

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


iCloud? Yeah right... I'm pretty sure it has more to do with Tim Cook being gay...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:06 2

35. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It does hvae to be with Tim Cook being gay. why you think they took down his memorial? He just doesn't see it.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 08:09

101. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


My fault I meant to say have.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:33 8

10. ryq24 (Posts: 746; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


First McDonald now iPhone, guess this has to do with sanction imposed by us and western countries.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:28

51. sip1995 (Posts: 1602; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And surprise surprise the mother Russian will start the the 3rd world war....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:56 1

71. Mels13 (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


Is it a big surprise?And what did u expect?Usa and EU made sanctions and what?Russia should stand still?It should be expected that they beat them over.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:35 2

11. ThePython (Posts: 899; Member since: 08 May 2013)


inb4 PhoneArena disables the comment section again.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:37 9

12. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Getting closer and closer to communism

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