Apple blocks all access to the App Store from Iran

Apple blocks all access to the App Store from Iran
The drumbeats about Iran are getting louder by the day, and the US-imposed sanctions may be hitting in unexpected places... like the App Store, for instance. So far, Iranians were able to get an iPhone from abroad, bring it into the country, and use whatever localized content meant for the initial region they could get access to.

No more, it seems, as Apple may have blocked all App Store content requests that are originating from Iran whatsoever. When in Itan, you will now be getting a message "The App Store is unavailable in the country or region you’re in," unless you are using a VPN, of course, masking your actual location. Needless to say, this might all be due to the tougher sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran last year. 

Apple first pulled the Iranian apps off the market then, afterwards some business applications, and now a total blockage of the App Store. "Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries," informed Apple last year, complying with the sanctions legislation. Bummer.

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47 Comments

1. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Looks like problem solved today

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I think technology should and must stay out of politics. Citizens are citizens, regardless of whether they live in a kingdom, a dictatorship or a democracy and they should be treated as such. Would it make sense if someone held all Americans responsible for the nuclear bombings in Japan? It's all just politics, power struggle and dirty games and has nothing to do with 99% of civilians who spend their entire existance trying to make ends meet. Yes, I'm a proud humanitarian.

5. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

No, it wouldn't make sense to try and compare the event. Because America and Japan were officially *at war* when the bombings happened. A fact some people seem to conveniently forget at times. That is not the case now.

9. iheartcats unregistered

Green man makes a great point! He was only making a loose example to try to get his point across. You completely miss his point “sound judgment” lol And Seriously?? Blah blah compare event Japan blah we were at war blah. Mmkay dude, No duh the whole planet knows this fact. No one has forgotten that point. Stop trying to be cool and in the future make a better comment in response to Greenmans point or don’t comment at all. Because idk what the f you were hoping to add to the conversation except be a troll.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Thanks for posting from Geen man alt account

26. iheartcats unregistered

Ummm no I’m my own individual dude. And you too have zero to add to this conversation. What a waste of consciousness and space

10. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Ok than all the others countries, that usa invaded in the name of freedom. Close enought?

30. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Because America and Japan were officially *at war* when the bombings happened." Ah, so that justifies killing innocent people, eh? Did the unarmed residents; innocent women and children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki pose such a sever threat to United States and its armed forces in WW2 that Pres. Truman had no option but to nuke them? It wasn't war, it was terrorism. A merciless extermination of innocent souls to instill fear in the foes... A cowardly act... A Japanese General explained it beautifully: "We can fight against soldiers, but not against devils".

27. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

"I think technology should and must stay out of politics" How would you feel if you found out that your countries armed forces were being tracked across the world by their fitbit's. I suspect you might feel differently that statement

3. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Apple just ahow thata iPhone can be downgraded to dumbphone with a switch. I think iranian will avoid iphone in the future.

7. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I don't think they will. If it were so, 80% of iphone users will be avoiding iphone by now. For instance, the case of apple slowing down old phones with the weak battery excuse.

4. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 128; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I'm a humaniranian .

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Buy an Android and even if Google block the Playstore (how come they haven't followed Apple btw?) you can just sideload or download from elsewhere. Ahhhh, the freedom of Android!

8. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You can do that on the iPhone as well without jailbreak, I’m sorry to break your moment

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Please tell us how, from where and what happens when you need to update your phone or apps "without jailbreak"?

13. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The same way you update an app if you sideloaded it on Android. Besides, stop moving goal post

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Who moved the goal post? The method to sideload on ios requires a pc, spoofing your Apple ID and having to reload the app every 7 days. You won't answer the question because you know it's a convoluted process. And no, it's not the same as Android.

20. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

What? Omg, I believe you haven’t touched an iOS device in ages *smh

16. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Read post 13, couldn’t have said it better

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Read post 18. Or maybe just answer the question.

21. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

AppEven, PandaHelper, AppValley, PP25, etc. You can also do it with cydia impactor which by the way doesn’t require jailbreak, you’re welcome ;) I wanted to mention that I haven’t had to “reload” the few apps I have installed using this method :)

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

So you need to download an app to your mac or pc in order to sideload an app to your ios device? Sounds like something most people wouldn't even bother with and just buy an android. Even if Google block the playstore you can just download the apk from multiple safe sites. So yes, it CAN be done I guess but as I said before it's convoluted. With reference to your previous post, I've never ever used an ios device and have no intention of ever doing so. But ios for windows is the best software I've used on a computer.

28. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, I feel like I’m wasting energy and time with you, you don’t f***ing need a pc or Mac to sideload apps to iOS, I posted a list of some apps that allow you to do that from iOS, but since you just prefer to live in perpetual denial you just can’t accept that iOS can do that just like android, omg, you android fans are some of the most tiring beings on earth *rolls eyes

29. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes you are wasting your time and energy because you have to sideload an app to sideload the other apps that you really want to download. Apkmirror and Apkpure etc do it in a couple of clicks. Please update us on the latest ios workarounds for standard Android features. Meanwhile I'm going to watch the Motogp practice on Mobdro or Swiftsteamz or the countless other apps that android allows me to download. Ciao!

31. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You don’t have to sideload any of those apps, but if you want to think that so you can sleep better, it’s ok, just keep living in denial if that makes you sleep at night, bye ;)

32. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Your ignorance just confirms my thoughts about android fans or apple haters, you know nothing about technology, you just chose to hate apple for childish reasons and don’t even try something different to android, I for the other hand have tried a lot of mobile OS like Symbian, Maemo, Windows phone and mobile, android and iOS and when I say something I say it based on experience and knowledge since I have tried a lot of phones and I have done a lot of what the so called geeks and techies brag about doing on their androids, so next time you say something first do your research or shut the f**k up son

35. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well my first cellphone was the Ericsson GA628 from 1996 and I've had many of various types since. So if you can beat that then you can call me your bitch instead of "son". Lol

33. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@TheOracle1 - Actually you don't even need to go through all that they are a bunch of websites and different website services that offers most of the popular iOS app for free. All you need to do is go to those website on safari and agree to the plugin it install on your phone, then look for the app you want and off you go. One such website is A.P.P.V.A.L.L.E.Y. Very easy to do those things on iOS these days. This is not 2010 where things were completely lock down on iOS. Apple have open up iOS a bit more as Google have closed android a bit more. Both os's have started in opposite end but are heading towards each other in the middle. The other point is Apple do not sell any product in Iran so it makes complete sense for them to block that country from accessing the store, specially since the US government would consider them breaking the law. Besides they are a ton of vpn apps in the store folks can use to bypass those restrictions. Not even a story worth covering since it's so easy to bypass those restrictions these days.

36. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Finally. An unemotional, clear and objective answer. Thanks Toukale. I disagree on your point that android is becoming more restrictive though. You can still do anything you want with it if you're that way inclined.

37. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

He’s in denial, he doesn’t even read the posts, I guess he must be in fetal position saying to himself: they are bad, they are lying! While crying at the same time, it’s so sad and pathetic *sigh

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