Published: Sat, August 26, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Apple Reportedly Shuts Down Iranian Apps

Apple Reportedly Shuts Down Iranian Apps

Technology company Apple has removed several popular Iranian apps from its App Store platform over concerns that doing business in Iran violates U.S. sanctions.

The move by Apple has even captured the attention of Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran's telecommunications minister.

Apple's App Store offers great apps that also earn revenue for the company.

Iran is home to a vibrant developer market, which has given rise to apps like Snapp, an Uber-like, ride-hailing service that has "revolutionized the taxi industry", said Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, professor of economics at Virginia Tech and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Millions of Iranians use iPhones smuggled in from different countries and thousands of apps have been created for Iranians in App Store. That followed by the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services.

Samsung is creating a smart speaker after all
Samsung does have the benefit of integrating Bixby into its own devices with its flagship phone having a dedicated Bixby button. It must be clarified that Bixby was as such functioning on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but could not accept voice commands.

But now Apple has begun removing Iranian apps from foreign app stores to comply with USA sanctions, reports the New York Times. The firm cited USA sanction regulations as its reason for removing the services, which had proliferated despite the fact that Apple does not offer a dedicated version of its App Store for the nation.

While Apple's move has disrupted businesses of several Iranian startups, Google, another American business, is hosting Iranian apps on its Google Play service. The apps were deemed illegal by the Chinese government, and Apple consequently removed them, seeking to maintain a good relationship with what has become the world's largest market for iOS apps. Citing hard work, he said "No one with an iPhone can download any of the popular apps any more".

In 2013, Barack Obama lifted a ban on United States companies selling communication equipment to Iran while remaining sanctions were gradually wound down after the 2016 nuclear agreement was reached.

"Giving respect to consumer rights is a principle today which Apple has not followed", Jahromi tweeted.

Charlottesville City Council meeting implodes over response to Nazi rally
The New York Times reported that the three people ejected from the meeting were issued citations for disorderly conduct. "Council voted unanimously at their meeting to shroud the statues to reflect the city's mourning", Rice said.

The Trump administration has modified the overall sanctions, and President Trump signed a new sanctions bill into law this month.

Azari Jahromi has also hinted that Twitter and YouTube may be unblocked in Iran in the near future, but has also affirmed that this is not his decision to make.

"We are unable to include your app on the App Store".

Ashwani Lohani to assume charge of Railway Board chairman today
The new Railway Board Chairman, Ashwani Lohani has previously served as DRM in Delhi Division. "Hon'ble PM has asked me to wait". Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the derailment case and had said that no laxity would be allowed by the board.

Like this: