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

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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127 Comments

2. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

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

13. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

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

15. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I'm not bashing apple.

126. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

124. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

3. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Broken country.

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

17. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

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

37. willard12 unregistered

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

58. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

66. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

:D its fun

24. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

50. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

40. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Plot twist: BOTH are broken!

4. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That's phobia for anything i-perversion.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 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...

18. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

22. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

^^This

36. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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.....

6. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 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.

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

108. lithium451

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

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

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

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.

101. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

My fault I meant to say have.

10. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

51. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

71. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

inb4 PhoneArena disables the comment section again.

12. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Getting closer and closer to communism

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