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Apple blocks all access to the App Store from Iran

Apple blocks all access to the App Store from Iran

Iranian security experts ruled that the App Store filters out Iranian users based on their IP addresses.

Users who try to visit the App Store in Iran now receive a message reading, "The App Store is unavailable in the country or region you're in".

"When visiting the App Store, they were instead greeted with the message "the App Store is unavailable in the country or region you're in", tech website Bleeping Computer reported on 16 March. So far, Iranians were able to get an iPhone from overseas, bring it into the country, and use whatever localized content meant for the initial region they could get access to.

The report states that the ban seems to be IP based, as an Iranian security researcher, Meysam Firouzi, was able to access the App Store by way of a VPN, despite having an Iranian-based account details. Some users were able to fend off the ban via Virtual Private Network (VPN) services.




Apple first pulled the Iranian apps off the market then, afterwards some business applications, and now a total blockage of the App Store. Apple has not provided any official statement on this change, and didn't immediately return a request for comment.

As long as the US sanctions regulations are in effect, Apple is poised to ban apps and developers from Iran. At the time, the company explained that it doesn't want to do business with a country that is under USA embargo. In the past, it removed apps created by developers living in Iran from the App Store, citing US laws.

Iranians import the products from Hong Kong.