On 25 August, the Iranian minister said his country would legally sue a recent decision by Apple for removing Iranian apps from its app store. However, that has not stopped Iranians from using Apple’s products and services.
There are now thousands of applications in Iran developed by start-ups which also provide services to Iranian users through App Stores outside the country.
Toward the start of the year, Apple pulled Iranian applications that prepared “exchanges for organizations or entities situated in Iran”, keeping in accordance with limitations that keep the organization from making any cash from the country. DigiKala offered in-app transactions, which is illegal according to US sanctions, as Apple would be taking a cut of all purchases made through the app.
Azari Jahromi said when an archenemy like the U.S. places such an embargo on Iranian technologies, Iran should grow investment on domestic start-ups.
The hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps has been trending on Iranian social media in the past few days, after Apple removed at least 10 of the country’s most popular apps from its online store.
“Under the USA sanctions regulations, the App Store can not host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries”.
Those now missing include Amazon-style shopping apps Digikala and Bamilo, ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30, discount store Takhfifan and a brunch delivery service called Delion. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr confirmed that the message is true, but declined to issue further comments on the matter. So also, Iranian application programmers have joined to take a stand in opposition to the expanding limitations, making a Change.org appeal to turn around the expulsion, assembling very almost 6,000 marks, and utilizing the hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps on Twitter.
“Since Apple takes a cut of all app store purchases, sales from Iranian apps generate revenue and are thus in violation of United States law”, Apple said. However, the two things are entirely different.
It remains to be seen how the situation will play out in Iran, but for now, it appears that Apple device owners in the country are in for troubling times.