Apple Is Reportedly Removing Iranian iOS Apps From The App Store

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Jan 30, 2017
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Apple has starting removing Iranian iOS apps from the App Store. According to reports from the tech news site, Techrasa claims that the biggest e-commerce service, Digikala, had its iOS app removed from the App Store a few days ago. The removal of the aforesaid app seems to relate to the international trade laws. Let’s see some more details on the subject.

Apple Removes Iranian iOS Apps From The App Store?

There is no App Store for Iran, startups and developers often had to register their apps from another region to get them onto the store. Since September of last year, Apple has been allowing the apps developed in Iran onto the App Store. As for Digikala, it operates the Shaparak payment system which has been totally stranded from the international systems. As noted by TechCrunch, there are numerous banks in Iran with their host iOS apps that are side loaded onto smartphones.

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The U.S Department of the Treasury issued the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations that adds blocks on the region’s market. Since the region resides more than 82 million people, 40 million of them use smartphones. So there is a running market of apps in the region. According to reports from Techrasa, Apple sent the following to developers and startups in Iran in an attempt to upload apps:

“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.”

At this point in time, we’re not sure what part of the regulations imposed by Apple have been breached, which has lead to the removal if Iranian iOS apps from the App Store. Moreover, it is also not sure if all Iranian iOS apps have begun to be removed from the App Store or just the one’s that facilitate transactions.

We will probably hear more on the story, so do stay tuned for that. As for now, what are your thoughts on Apple removing Iranian iOS apps from the App Store? Do you think there might have been an intervention in regulations? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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