Apple allegedly removes Iranian-developed apps from App Store over trade policies

Apple has reportedly begun removing Iranian-developed apps from the App Store late last week. According to a report by Iranian publication TechRasa, numerous apps have disappeared from Apple's online storefront last week, including that of the biggest Iranian e-commerce service, Digikala.

The mobile market in Iran is growing quickly, TechRasa notes, with over a million iPhones being smuggled into the country each year, turning the illegal contraband of Apple's smartphones into a million dollar market. So, why then is Apple removing apps originating from Iranian developers and startups from its vast online marketplace?

The problem lies within international trade laws, TechRasa claims, which prohibits submissions for apps and services originating from Iran to be accepted by the App Store, which has forced many startups to register their submissions from outside of Iran. Local developers are now reporting that Apple is issuing the following message when receiving submissions from the country:

"Unfortunately, there is no App Store available for the territory of Iran. Additionally, apps facilitating transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran may not comply with the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations (31CFR Part 560) when hosted on the App Store. For these reasons, we are unable to accept your application at this time.

We encourage you to resubmit your application once international trade laws are revised to allow this functionality.

However, in the case of e-commerce giant Digikala, these regulations should, in theory at least, not apply. The company uses the Shaparak payment system, which is completely isolated from international payment systems, and should not breach any policies.

Further, TechRasa alleges that there may be something more to the systematic removal of Iranian-developed apps from the App Store. The publication notes that even banks in the country have resorted to distributing their iOS apps through alternative methods, without submitting them to Apple.

We will keep you posted if Apple issues a statement regarding the recent removal of apps from its online storefront.

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soure: TechRasa via TechCrunch



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He's a clown and an idiot. I feel sorry for the American people that they chose this clown to be their president.

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American is now run like a Reality TV Show and he is the host. What's quack like a duck, walk like a duck must be a duck.

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Trdump is ruining things out the gate.

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apple has started to please trumps ego which is size of the universe

4. xondk

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Sad, but fully expected.

5. Zylam

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Doesn't really seem like it's because of Trump, if apps are breaching local government laws Within Iran, then it makes sense to not host them. Don't see it as being any different to certain apps on the store being region specific. Apps like commerce or services like netflix have licencing agreements for certain regions, the App store runs by similar laws. Sucks but what can you do.

11. marorun

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Any excuse to attack trump is a good one lol even if its has nothing to do with Trump. Pathetic ppl always try to find excuses.

13. xondk

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it would seem significantly less notable if this wasn't a new thing, considering i've seen iranian apps on google play before, so that this should be the first iranian created app and first issue with it seems....unlikely, that said it could be possible this is the first since 'a change' and the most recent change would be well...


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Hey! We agree on something...

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Lol idiots shouldn't have voted him. Now dumping him is a ruled out possibility.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

They pulling out the apps due to the trade sanctions on Iran.. Sucks.

9. MrElectrifyer

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Wonder if those devs will at least get a full refund for thier dev accounts...paying to develop just to have your app dumped is just a scumbag move, but that's the norm with CrappIe.

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Trump is an idiot but is as idiot as trump. They could just reject trumps bullsh*it and do their job. And that's why I never by an apple product. On paper secure but behind of scene a part of FBI.

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