Apple confirmed Tuesday that it is now free to ship and sell its products in Iran, following the U.S. government's move to lift an export and sales ban earlier this year, reports The Wall Street Journal. The lifting of the export ban comes as the U.S. government pushes an initiative to support the free flow of information amidst a crackdown by the Iranian government on protesters' ability to share information.

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An Apple spokeswoman issued a statement on the matter:

“We’ve been told by the U.S. government that most Apple products are covered by regulatory changes announced by the Treasury Department,” she said, referring to a decision to ease restrictions on selling a broad array of communications equipment such as smartphones, laptops and computer software to Iran. “As a result, Apple is no longer banned from selling Macs and iOS devices to customers who plan to bring or send those products to Iran,” she said.

The use of technology has played a critical part in helping activists in the Middle East, and notably played a role during the 2009 Iranian election protests. Currently, the Global Trade Compliance section on Apple's website states that U.S. embargoes against Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria prevent the company from selling its products in those regions.

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rdowns Avatar
128 months ago
One day we'll read this: "The use of technology has played a critical part in helping activists in the US..."

create a new cat meme?
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69650 Avatar
128 months ago
I'm not in favour of governments telling independent companies where they can and can't sell their products. I doubt this will make much difference anyway. You can already buy Apple products in Iran and I doubt Apple is planning to open one of their own stores there anytime soon.

Cuba? Seriously? The US is still pissed at Cuba after all these years. Get over it. Drop the sanctions.
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Mactendo Avatar
128 months ago
One day we'll read this: "The use of technology has played a critical part in helping activists in the US..."
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NutsNGum Avatar
128 months ago
I forget, what's the point of sanctions? I understand that the point is to harm the other country's economy, but it also causes reciprocal harm to the origin's economy. Surely there are better ways of doing this?
Doesn't work anyway, unilateral sanctions are such a rare thing these days with Russia and China seemingly just doing business with whoever, regardless of what's decided by the UN.

Same goes for US and UK, just starting wars with everyone regardless of what's decided by the UN.

Seems to me that the best solution would be to dissolve the UN, as it literally serves no purpose other than to buy time for morons to make bad decisions and take noone's opinions into account.
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kyjaotkb Avatar
128 months ago
Yay, more high-quality underground movies and music from talented Iranian creatives !
On the other hand not sure how many honest, hard-working people can afford Apple devices in Iran...

[s]Anyway, gotta build "power plants" to charge all these shiny new electronic devices ![/s]
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