Apple is reportedly looking into selling the iPhone in Iran. The company is supposedly already in preliminary talks with possible distributors in the country, with the primary obstacle being the economic sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear program. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of selling the iPhone through local retailers, instead of Apple selling in the country directly, according to the Wall Street Journal:
It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.
Americans of Iranian descent have been having a hard time picking up iPhones and iPads in the state of Georgia due to a U.S. import ban that has translated into a sale policy at Apple stores. On multiple occasions, shoppers were heard by Apple Store managers speaking Farsi and denied service.