Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
1-min read

Apple's Ban on Local Apps Mark of Advancing Domestic Technology: Iran

Apple has banned Iranian apps from its iOS App Store. Iran's minister of telecommunication and information technology sees this as a testament to Iran's developing technology.


Updated:August 28, 2017, 9:02 AM IST
Apple's Ban on Local Apps Mark of Advancing Domestic Technology: Iran
Photo for representation. (Image: Reuters)

Iran's minister of telecommunication and information technology said on Sunday that Apple's ban on the Iranian apps will result in the developments of domestic technologies. Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi described recent decision of Apple Inc to remove Iranian apps from its store in alleged compliance with US economic sanctions as a testimony to Iran's right path and success to develop local start-ups, Tasnim news agency reported, Xinhua reported. Azari-Jahromi said when an arch enemy like the US places such embargoes on Iranian technologies, Iran should grow investment on domestic technologies.

What the US company did lately attest to Iran's movement in the right direction, he said, adding that "the US never imposes sanctions on our weak points, but does on our strong points." On Friday, the Iranian minister said his country would legally sue a recent decision by Apple for removing Iranian apps from its app store. Apple holds 11 percent share of the Iranian cellphone market, however, it has not observed the Iranian consumer rights, said Azari-Jahromi. "We will legally sue (the issue of) removing of the apps," he said.

Pursuant to the US sanctions, Apple has no official presence in Iran. Millions of Iranians use iPhones smuggled in from different countries and thousands of apps have been created for Iranians in Apple's app store. On Thursday, Apple removed Snapp, a ride-hailing app similar to Uber that is popular in Iran, from its app stores. That was followed by the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services. In a message to Iranian developers whose apps were affected by the ban, Apple said, "under the US sanctions regulations, the app store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries."

In January, Apple shut down a number of Iran-based IOS apps from the app store, including online e-commerce service Digikala. "Since Apple takes a cut of all app store purchases, sales from Iranian apps generate revenue and are thus in violation of US law," Apple said.

Watch Video: Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review


| Edited by: Sarthak Dogra
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch


Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
  • 01 d
  • 12 h
  • 38 m
  • 09 s
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results