Sorry America, Iran Is Full Of Apple Gadgets

With the hopes of strangling (or at least giving a noogie to) Iran's dastardly nuke program, the US bans many exports to the country. Included in that ban? High-tech goodies from Apple. But Iran is still buying Macs.

Reuters reports that the trade ban hasn't stopped thousands upon thousands of Apple computers, iPhones and iPads from pouring into the country. And even though it's technically a black market business, the stuff is sold in Tehran in retail shops inside shopping centres:

"Business has been booming for the last three years," said Majid Tavassoli, the store's owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995. The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.

Prices are barely above what you'd pay in the US; they come with a full year warranty and the staff consists of knowledgable fanboys like any real Apple Store. And that's just one shop in the Axis of Evil's Terror Capital. Plenty of competitors move Apple units across the country, including one with a website ripped directly from Apple itself. Reuters says "Apple has been attempting to shut it down, according to a person familiar with the matter."

It's understandable that the US wouldn't want an American company making the jobs of Iran's central bank and state propaganda factory any easier, but this small note from the Reuters report stands out: "[one large Iranian Apple supplier] relies on a steady stream of creative individuals — including musicians, film editors and photographers — to keep its business going."

There's no doubt that easy access to haute technology feeds (or at least foments) a healthy, colourful democracy, as opposed to a nuke-shouting theocracy run by a Israel-denying loon. If the popular tide in Iran is ever going to permanently turn against the regime America hates so much, it'll probably owe much to the existence of artistic liberals — the same ones who can't legally purchase their computers of choice. Does an export ban like this hurt a questionable nuclear program enough to justify hurting creative geeks who might prefer editing films on an iMac to listening to the Ayatollah? [Reuters]


Comments

    It's not too concerning, it's not like they will be able to find a programme complicated enough to launch nukes for an apple anyway, unless there is an app on the app store for it.. ...........

      you underestimate the power of apple, they managed to hack an alien ship and disabled their force field

        No, what they did was upload their latest OS, waited 10 minutes for the aliens to install angry birds and then it crashed.

          LOL!

          If they can edit the "Taco Bell" out of Demolition Man, surely they can edit the laughing skull out of ID4 and replace it with the "sad-face PC" of a crashed MacOS machine?

    Obviously the US isn't too concerned about Iran then. If it was N-Korea, they would have found who was selling the ifails to Iran and put an export ban on them too.

      You're wrong on all assumptions there.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_in_North_Korea#Mobile_phones

    Iran isn't equal to Ayatollahs, mates. It has 70mil people living in it from races such as Persians and Turks... Spare a trip and ask a tourist or a fella business man who has been there. You will be amazed to know these people. Why to be so ironic, knowing the fact that, politics keeps us in dark and them under pressure.

      hah ... I can see that it's not only politics which keeps us in dark.
      if my comment was about making a laugh on somebodies history it wouldn't stay awaiting for moderation. No wonder everyday I get a Townsville Bulletin, 70 pages all about a 150k populated city and 2 pages about the world of 7bil.
      Keep it real . C us until later ...

    because it's just impossible to edit photos or video on a non-Apple PC... -_-

      That is a proven fact. Only Apple makes apps where you can edit photos and videos. That's what the sales dude told me anyway.

    You're stealing from us!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NofkWBp1LFA

    You'd be surprised if you deconstruct modern technological devices; what you can build.
    Back in the day this was exactly the same for banning Apple; Silicon Graphic etc. from communist countries.

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