Apple Reportedly Removes Iranian Apps From App Store
US tech giant Apple has started deleting applications supplied by Iranian startups and developers from its App Store, according to various media reports.
The company removed application of the biggest Iranian e-commerce service, Digikala, which has millions of users, Iran’s tech news site Techrasa reports.
Last September, Apple temporarily opened the App Store for businesses based in Iran, gradually lifting limitations previously imposed due to international sanctions.
As there is no official App Store available in the Islamic Republic, most of the companies had to register their apps as being outside of the country.
Digikala service uses the Shaparak payment operator, which is completely isolated from international systems. That would allow the service not to contradict Apple’s terms.
Moreover, several Iranian banks have apps for the iOS platform which are often side-loaded onto phones.