Apple Apps Store Allegedly Removes Iranian Apps

While Apple has been warning iPhone and iPad users since iOS 9 that launching 32-bit apps may hinder their device's performance, a new alert in iOS 10.3 beta 1 appears to show that support for 32-bit apps will be removed from future iOS releases, likely as Apple looks to push developers to get their apps up to scratch. Apple had opened up the app store previous year in October but Iranians were unable to download paid apps or access in-game purchases as they have no way to gain access to worldwide payment mechanisms.

Apple is now putting an end to all the 32-bit applications on the Apple app store.

Iranian developers have also been receiving a message each time they attempt to upload any app on the App store. We are talking about a country of 82 million inhabitants and 40 million smartphones. But of course, global laws are what they are.

But there is one curious inconsistency: While the Cupertino behemoth cites restrictions in global trade laws as the reason for the takedown, the now-removed DigiKala service relies on the local Shaparak payment system, which is strictly isolated from worldwide transactions and as such shouldn't breach Apple's terms and conditions.

It's not explicitly known if all apps from Iranian startups and developers are being removed, or if it's only apps that facilitate transactions.

"Apple has been removing Iranian apps which facilitate transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran". As recalled, Apple opened up the App Store to Iranians back in September of previous year. The message claims that the App Store is now unavailable in Iran, and apps facilitating transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran may not comply with the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations. These banking apps are loaded on the side of the iOS phones.

The App Store elaborates that it is not able to accept the application from the user presently. Some 100,000 iPhones are smuggled into the country every month, according to Techrasa.

The main issue is that the United States Department of Treasure issues some Sanctions Regulations and Transaction Regulations against Iran. "We encourage you to resubmit your application once global trade laws are revised to allow this functionality", added Apple's response.

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