Russia will ban the iPhone and iPad in 2015, blames Apple’s iCloud

“With Apple selling a record 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over its opening weekend, it’s safe to say the handsets are continuing to sell well for the Cupertino-based company. However, those sales will reportedly not continue in Russia starting next year, as both the iPhone and iPad will be banned in the Motherland.”

“Reported by GSMDome, Russian authorities will reportedly ban the iPhone and iPad due to worries over Apple’s iCloud service,” Pelegrin reports. “The justification is that data saved in iCloud is not stored in local servers. The servers Apple employ for iCloud are based in the United States, not in Russia.”

“Such a ban could be very hard to impose on iPhones already in use in Russia, so the ban could probably be more of an ISP ban, which would forbid access to iCloud,” Pelegrin reports. “Regardless, the ban will reportedly begin on January 1, 2015.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Putin. Angling for an Apple data center on Russian soil.

Could Apple comply by doing what they do in China: Storing user data on servers located in Russia with local carriers (or at Edward Snowden’s house)?

Related article:
Apple starts storing user data on servers in China for first time – August 15, 2014


    1. My first thought too. I had the pleasure of spending a week with 10 visiting Russians about 10 years ago. They were mostly doctors and entrepreneurs. We had a great time visiting hospitals (like the nuclear medicine center at Loma Linda), stores (one of the guys wanted a pair cowboy boots; that was fun because I didn’t have the translator with me), and taking them to various local businesses. They were so gregarious and excited. It was a blast for all of us. I am so sorry to see Putin rebuilding the Iron Curtain around Russia. Very disappointing.

      1. So are they planning on also banning iPods, Macs, Apple TVs, etc? Doubtful! If iCloud is the enemy, nearly everything Apple makes connects to iCloud in some way so why the half measure. My thinking is that this is all just a knee jerk response to Tim’s coming out as gay.

      1. That’s a great question. The Global Peace Index ranks the following countries as the most peaceful for 2014 (the top 10 so to speak):

        Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Japan, Belgium, and Norway.

        That’s only part of the answer to your question though. I think one would have to look over the entire history of a country, take the time it was at war (on a yearly basis) and divide it by the number of years it existed one would get an interesting % to compare.

        No I’m not going to do it, but someone should.

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